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BHUBANESWAR: Farmers have began getting ready land for sowing kharif paddy seeds after a superb spell of rain in lots of districts as a result of cyclonic storm Yaas however low demand of licensed seeds this season has develop into a reason for fear for the Odisha State Seeds Company (OSSC).
The State authorities has prepositioned 4 lakh tonne of licensed seeds in opposition to its goal of 5.36 lakh tonne for the present kharif season. The OSSC is reported to have bought 1.23 lakh tonne of licensed seeds throughout the State as in opposition to 2.8 lakh tonne throughout the corresponding interval final yr.
Attributing the low demand to lack of drive by registered sellers on the market of seeds, sources in OSSC mentioned that many sellers haven’t acquired the subsidy quantity for the seeds that they’ve already bought.
As per the settlement with the OSSC, the registered sellers – a mixture of Major Agriculture Cooperative Societies (PACS) and personal corporations – should pay the complete value of the seeds (they elevate) upfront to OSSC and promote the identical on the subsidised price fastened by the federal government to the farmers.
The subsidy quantity of the sellers will likely be transferred to their accounts by means of direct profit switch (DBT) by the Agriculture division. The OSSC has already written to the Agriculture division for launch of Rs 13 crore in the direction of subsidy however the latter is but to reply.
“Shopping for seeds from the company by paying full value and promoting it to farmers at subsidised price with a low fee shouldn’t be remunerative. Delay in launch of subsidy quantity by the federal government has put us in a spot as a consequence of liquidity crunch,” mentioned Subrat Manoranjan Majhi, a seed seller of Delanga in Puri district. When personal sellers are promoting seeds on credit score, farmers are interested in take seeds from them.
The demand for presidency seeds is falling, he added.The opposite purpose for the low off-take of presidency seeds is the restriction on the opening of PACS centres on the market of seeds. The sale centres of the PACS are open for a restricted time from 7 am to 11 am.
All-in-cost of paddy seeds – Rs 3,280 per quintal
Price of seeds which are over 10 years outdated – Rs 2,280 per quintal
Beneath 10 yrs seeds – Rs 1,950 per quintal
Licensed seeds bought thus far to sellers – 2.05 lakh tonne
Sellers bought to farmer – 1.23 lakh tonne