The Odisha cabinet approved as many as 19 proposals at a meeting held on Thursday evening. The cabinet meeting which was chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik approved the Food and Procurement Policy for Kharif Marketing Season 2016-17.
In the policy, the state government has set a tentative target of collecting 30 lakh metric tonne rice (in terms of paddy, it would be 44 lakh metric tonne) during the entire year covering Kharif and Rabi procurement.
In KMS (Kharif Marketing Season) 2014-15 and 2015-16, the state government had collected 35.46 lakh tonne rice and 34.43 lakh tonne respectively, said Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare Minister Sanjay Dasburma.
The cabinet, however, authorised the department to revise the target if the need arises.
“Kharif paddy will be procured during the period from November 2016 to March 2017 and Rabi paddy during May and June 2017,” said the minister.
Dharitri ePaper 07/10/2016 : http://www.dharitri.com/Angul/