Farmers in distress over paddy procurement delay in Nuapada

Nuapada: Farmers in Boden block of Nuapada district are under distress over failing to sell their hard-earned produce in due time. Quintals of paddy are lying in the mandi and no miller has come forward for procurement.

According to sources, 4000 quintals of paddy belonging to the farmers of Palsada and Damjhar village are lying outside the Palsada mandi for the last 15 days. Moreover, the farmers are spending sleepless nights to guard them as no millers have come forward to take paddy from the mandi.

The farmers have alleged that as there are no facilities available in the mandi to store the paddy safe, the paddy bags being lying on the open space are wet and subsequently began to damage due to untimely rain and change in climatic conditions.

As per allegations, the dilly-dallying of rice millers and the lackadaisical attitude of the administration has virtually paralyzed the paddy procurement process in the district.

The farmers further alleged that they have alerted the district administration regarding paddy procurement delay but no one had paid heed to their repeated complaints.

Meanwhile, the farmers have threatened to hit the streets and stage protest if the paddy procurement process will not start in the next two days.

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