Bhubaneswar: At least 16,87,200 quintal paddy has been procured from 23,900 farmers from nine districts during the ongoing Kharif paddy procurement drive.
The paddy has been procured from 23,900 farmers in 142 mandis in nine districts with Bargarh registering the highest paddy procurement with 13,87,772 quintal from 19,205 farmers.
Besides Bargarh, paddy was also collected from Bolangir, Boudh, Kalahandi, Koraput, Malkangiri, Nuapada, Sambalpur and Subarnapur.
The procurement drive was started in the second week of November. The State Government has set a target to procure at least 44 lakh MT paddy this Kharif season.