BHUBANESWAR: The State authorities’s directive to Odisha State Seeds Company (OSSC) to vacate its institutions in Sambalpur district for Samaleswari temple beautification undertaking has put the company and the seed rising farmers in a repair.
Collector Shubham Saxena has requested the State-owned company to relocate the equipment of its seed processing plant from the prevailing web site to a brand new location at Nuakhurigaon close to Sason by October 15.
All of the institutions of the OSSC are positioned on a 2.56 acre land bought from the federal government in 1997 close to the temple. Other than a double-storey officer constructing, there are two godowns of 1,500 tonne capability every with having a present inventory of 200 tonne of licensed paddy seeds and almost 20 workers quarters.
Expressing concern over the hurried determination of the federal government, sources in OSSC stated dismantling the equipment of the plant and establishing the identical is a time-consuming course of.
As seeds processing for the present kharif season will begin from November, it’s well-nigh unattainable to relocate the plant inside a month’s time. It can result in critical dislocation for seed processing and farmers, who’ve grown crops on 600 hectare underneath seed manufacturing programme, shall be pressured to promote their produce as non-seed.
The company has deliberate to obtain 25,000 quintal kharif seeds from the registered farmers. As seed processing appears unattainable, the company wouldn’t have the ability to provide high quality seeds to farmers in time, the sources stated.
“The seed inventory of OSSC presently accessible within the godown ought to be shifted to the godown at Nuakhurigaon by October 10. The chief district agriculture officer, Sambalpur is directed at hand over the permissive possession to the OSSC to maintain their inventory until alternate association is made,” the order stated.
The Secretary of Sambalpur Growth Authority and the seed processing and advertising supervisor of the company have been requested to seek out out an acceptable location for workplace area and submit a proposal for approval.
“We aren’t opposing to handing over the OSSC land to temple undertaking. The identical might have been completed after relocation of the plant and equipment, and creation of scientific space for storing for maintaining the seeds,” stated farmer chief Ashok Pradhan. The Collector couldn’t be contacted for his touch upon the problem.