BHAWANIPATNA:Paddy procurement is on in full swing in Kalahandi district. While procurement started on May 20, the Kalahandi administration has so far procured 79,925 quintals of paddy through mandis.
The district administration has decided to procure 1,05,304 tonnes of paddy through 55 Primary Agriculture Cooperative Societies (PACS). Of these, 46 are located in Indravati area.
Sources said 33 rice millers have been engaged to lift the paddy and squads formed to ensure hassle-free procurement. Nodal Officer for Paddy Procurement, Mahendra Behera said of the 55 paddy procurement centres, 17 do not have permanent sheds to store paddy.
Meanwhile, rice millers have already delivered 75 per cent of the costumed milled rice of Kharif crop to the district administration.