On the initiative and special efforts of CM Bhupesh Baghel, the process of procuring maize has started. In the Kharif and Rabi marketing year 2019-20, maize will be procured from the farmers of Chhattisgarh by the Indian National Farmers Produce, Processing and Retail Cooperative Association (Nekoff). NOC has been issued by the state government from the Ministry of Food (Mahanadi Bhavan) here today to buy maize from the farmers of the state by the Department of Food Civil Supplies and Consumer Protection.
According to the order issued by the Food Department, the amount of maize purchased will be paid in advance to the farmers by Nekoff. Maize will be lifted only after the farmers are first paid online in their bank account. Maize will be procured in the agricultural produce mandis of the state. Mandi fees and destitute charges payable to the state mandis for procurement of maize will be paid by Nekoff. The minimum support price fixed by the Government of India for the year 2019-20 season for fair, average quality rabi and kharif maize will be Rs 1760 per quintal. Farmers will not be paid less than the minimum support price for the purchase of maize by Nekoff. In Rabi Kharif marketing year 2019-20, the work of maize procurement will be done in digital mode in the account of farmers through a fully computerized system. Good quality maize will be purchased. Acquired maize will be disposed of by Nekoff himself and no loss will be reimbursed by the state government. No administrative expenditure will be paid by the state government to Nekoff for the purchase of maize.