“The paddy supply started from the second week of December 2020. The preparation of the paddy supply has already been completed by the department and the registration of new farmers is underway. We also hope to start shopping around the same time this year, ”said Himani Pandey, secretary of the Food, Public Distribution and Consumer Affairs department.
In October of this year, the state cabinet approved a departmental proposal to cap a farmer’s maximum purchase at 200 quintals. This was done to ensure that more small and marginal farmers are subject to the paddy purchase regime. The state buys paddy from a farmer at Rs 2,050 per quintal. More than 1.03 lakh of farmers are expected to come to the paddy supply centers this year.
“Unlike other states like Bihar, farmers in Jharkhand are late for transplanting. So while many states have started sourcing, our farmers are still reaping their yield, ”said a senior official.
Thousands of men, who work in different states, return to their homes in rural Jharkhand every year during harvest season. While the director of the state health mission, Ramesh Gholap, did not respond to calls from TOI, senior officers from the state health department said district administrations had been asked to stay vigilant.
“All incoming passengers at stations, interstate bus terminals and entry points are tested for Covid-19 well in advance of the holiday season. The exercise continues. Although the Covid-19 graph in Jharkhand is low at the moment, there can be no room for laxity, ”a senior official said on condition of anonymity.