About 40 lakh 8 thousand 195 Metric Tonne (MT) paddy was procured till Monday, 12 January, in the current Kharif season 2014-15 in Chhattisgarh. The State Primary Co-operative Agricultural Societies has procured paddy in its one thousand 976 procurement centres from 1 December 2014 and it will last till the end of January 2015. The MARKFED officials said that as per the reports from various centres till today the maximum procurement was in Mahasamund district, 4 lakh 22 thousand 165 Metric Tonne paddy.
Under Support Price Policy, procurement of more than 13 lakh 74 thousand 581 metric tons have been recorded in 1976 procurement centres of Primary Agriculture Cooperative Societies in Chhattisgarh, till date. Procurement in these centres began from December 1. The stock of paddy procured includes 5 lakh 49 thousand 571 metric tons of A-grade, 5 lakh 8 thousand 439 metric tons of thick-variety and 3 lakh16 thousand 570 metric tons of paddy of Sarna variety.
Keeping in view the interests of farmers, Chief Minister Dr. Raman Singh has directed to amend the software which registers village-wise paddy production for the paddy procurement year 2014-15. On his directive the Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Protection Department issued an order in this director on Sunday.
Chhattisgarh has been awarded with National Krishi Karman Award again for the third time. The central government has bestowed this prestigious agriculture award for the year 2013-14 to Chhattisgarh for its contribution in rice production. Union Agriculture Minister Radhamohan Singh has informed Chief Minister Dr. Raman Singh about this achievement through a letter. Additional Chief Secretary Ajay Singh handed over the letter to the Chief Minister on Saturday evening. Advisor to Chief Minister Shivraj Singh and ACS N Bajendra Kumar was also present on the occasion.
Amidst ongoing exercise for urban bodies' elections in the State, the Chhattisgarh cabinet met on Tuesday. The Cabinet meeting which was held when the Model Code of Election Conduct is imposed in the State, deliberated on the paddy procurement and approved the recent announcement of Chief Minister Dr. Raman Singh, wherein, he had hiked the paddy procurement limit from 10 quintals per acre per farmer to 15 quintal per acre per farmers. The additional five quintal paddy will be procured through linkage. The Cabinet also reviewed the paddy procurement till date from December 1.
Collector Reena Babasaheb Kangale has directed the authorities concerned to ensure maintaining transparency in ongoing paddy procurement process across the district. She has also warned strict action against those commit any
sort of carelessness in the process. As per the official sources, the Collector chaired a meeting recently here at Zila Panchayat conference hall to review the progress in paddy procurement across the district. She also inquired about the arrangements made in this regards.
Modern techniques and skills related to livestock will be development in Chhattisgarh under the National Livestock Mission (NLM). Chief Secretary Vivek Dhand on Friday presided over the first meeting of the State-level executive committee constituted under NLM. Several proposals were appoved in the meeing. It may be mentioned that Government of India has stared NLM that includes seven central government funded and seven central-state government partnership programmes related to livestock development.
State Government have awarded prestigious Thakur Pyarelal Singh Cooperatives Award to cooperative society of village Charra in Kurud block of Dhamtari district, for its significant achievement in cooperatives sector. Farmers of village Charra have shown excellent dedication in the field of cooperatives and have set an example for farmers of other sectors. Panchayat and Rural Development Minister Ajay Chandrakar expressed these views in the Cooperatives Conference and Programme organized at village Charra.
District Collector R. Sangeeta directed officials to make all preparations could so that paddy procurement could begin from December 1. She directed officials only to purchase 10 quintal paddy and that too form the entitled farmers registered with the societies. She also told the officials to inform these details to the farmers. Collector Shangeeta was addressing meeting of the nodal officers at Dhamdha.
Admiring agricultural development in Chhattisgarh Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao said that farmers encouraged by state government's efforts seemed to be keen on farming of horticulture crops by adopting advanced farming techniques. Rao who arrived on Sunday on his two-day tour to Chhattisgarh said that farmers from Telangana would be sent to Chhattisgarh for training on advanced farming. On first day of his Chhattisgarh tour Telangana Chief Minister visited Komchi, Malpuri and Koudia villages bordering three districts to review farming of horticulture crops.