Every PDS cardholder will get one kg of ragi at Rs 1 in Gajapati, Kalahandi, Kandhamal, Koraput, Malkangiri, Nuapada and Rayagada districts in July. In the Malkangiri district, cardholders will be supplied two kgs of ragi.
The future of the scheme will depend on the acceptability of the people and the impact of the pilot project.
It was also decided to procure around 100,000 quintals of ragi from farmers in the coming kharif season at the minimum support price of Rs 2,897 per quintal.
Padhi said the main objective of the scheme is to provide good market price to the ragi farmers and prohibit any distress sale.
M Muthu Kumar, Agriculture director, said in the 2018 khariff season, 24,499 farmers were registered and verified for procurement of ragi.
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