Odisha rice miller urged the state government to provide them average quality standard paddy for milling.
Rice miller in Odisha are getting an average rice yield of 64-65 percent against a determined 68 percent after milling one quintal of the parboiled common variety paddy said Santosh Agrawal, secretary All Odisha Rice Millers Association (AORMA) which incure heavy losses to rice miller.
The state government is purchasing the paddy from the farmers through primary agricultural cooperative societies and forcing the millers to lift the stock from the yards of regulated marketing committees who charged two percent market fee on the cost of paddy without providing any infrastructure to facilitate the farmers for smooth procurement.
The government is also paying Rs.32 per quintal to the primary agriculture cooperative society for just getting involved in it.
Either the marketing committee or the agricultural cooperative society is not providing a standard quality of the paddy,millers claimed.Also they said that the state government should have their own warehouses to store the paddy and ensure that only FAQ(fair average quality) is supplied to the miller.
Millers also urged the government to revise the rates of custom milling of parboiled and raw rice in the state.Although the government revise the MSP of paddy/rice from time to time but the rates for the milling have been same for the last ten years.
The millers are getting Rs.20 and Rs.10 for custom milling of per quintal of parboiled and raw rice respectively which they want to revise to Rs.40 and Rs.25 respectively.
Per year production of paddy in Odisha is seven million tonnes and procures 4.5 million tonnes from farmers for custom milling to produce three million tonnes of rice,.