JEYPORE: Farmers of Jeypore sub-division are yet to get their paddy procurement dues of kharif season. The procurement, which was organised by Koraput Central Co-operative Bank of Jeypore, was suspended a week back by the local administration.
The Civil Supply Corporation, run by Food, Supplies & Consumer Welfare Department, Government of Odisha, had decided to procure 14 lakh quintal kharif paddy from Koraput and the local Civil Supply department officials signed an agreement with Koraput Central Cooperative Bank to procure paddy directly through Primary Agricultural Co-operative Societies (PACS) working in tribal areas.
Koraput Central Co-operative Bank Ltd, Jeypore is registered as a cooperative society under the Odisha Cooperative Societies Act, 1962.
The district administration opened 36 mandis in Jeypore, Kundura, Boipariguda, Borriguumma and Kotpad blocks and procured about 12.40 lakh quintal paddy from farmers. The mandis were opened in the second week of December and functioned till February-end. As per the agreement, the Civil Supply Department had granted about `174 crore to the Koraput Central Cooperative Bank to pay dues to 9,000 farmers, who participated in the procurement process.
While dues of 7,000 farmers have been cleared, the remaining 2,000 are yet to get their money due to delay on the part of the PACS and the co-operative society.
Sources said in the absence of managing directors in PACS and procurement manager in the Koraput Central Cooperative Bank, about `30 crore is pending to be paid to farmers under Umuri, Kundura, Boipariguda, Kotpad, Kumuli and Borrigumma large area multi-purpose cooperative societies (LAMPS).
Due to delay in payment, farmers are unable to purchase fertilisers and pesticides for rabi crops.
On Thursday, a group of farmers staged agitation outside the Koraput Central Cooperative Bank and demanded immediate payment of their dues.
Authorities of the co-operative societies said the payment was pending as procurement manager is on leave.