Paddy distress sale in Jaleswar; Bengal traders make huge.

Despite adverse climatic condition, this agricultural district of Balasore has recorded bumper harvest of paddy this season. But farmers still resort to distress sale as the procurement process is yet to commence in this region. On the other hand, traders from West Bengal are set to make huge profit cashing in on the helplessness of the poor farmers. Though the government assessment has put the production at 50 quintals, some farmers have harvested more than 80 quintals per hectare. However, despite such bumper production, farmers are selling their produce at something around Rs 1,100 per quintal to traders of West Bengal against the government-fixed minimum support price of Rs 1,470 for fair average quality (FAQ) standard of paddy. It is not only paddy, farmers who have raised groundnuts, green gram and black gram, also suffer from distress sale.