Bhubaneswar: Amidst Covid-19 pandemic lockdown, shutdown restriction, Odisha State Seeds Corporation Ltd (OSSCL) achieved a new height in production and sale of seeds during the year 2020.
The Corporation produced 3,95,032 quintals of paddy and 25,034 quintals of non-paddy seeds during the year 2020 through its own production programme ‘Mo Bihan Yojana’, long term Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with private seed produces and other national and international agencies inside the State to incentivize seed growers, said an official press release issued today.
There has been introduction of 25 newly released varieties of early, medium late varieties of paddy, four varieties of ragi, 14 varieties of pulses, and 16 varieties of oilseed in seed chain during 2020.
Outsourcing of production activities in ‘OSSCL’ farms of Bargarh, Barpali, and Parmanpur has been undertaken for optimum utilization of the Farms in Seed production.
OSSCL sold 4,07,444 quintals of paddy and 57,243 quintals of Non-paddy seeds during 2020, the highest quantity of seeds sold by OSSCL after implementation of Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) during 2016.
OSSCL has supplied 14,52,407 numbers of quality planting materials, 630 quintals of potato, and 12 quintals of onion seeds in time to Directorate, Horticulture, and other Government agencies arranging for same through an e-Tender process in spite of Covid-19 restriction.
Active participation by OSSCL in the Government of Odisha Scheme like Millet Mission and Mo Upakari Bagicha in the supply of seeds to make the scheme successful which has been appreciated by the Niti Aayog, New Delhi.
The OSSCL has installed eight seed processing plants having 8TPH capacity in eight locations in Sonepur, Bolangir, Baragarh, Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Rangeillunda, Babanpur and Sheragada.
Flat ventilated stores at Sheragada, Babanpur, Satasankha, and Bhubaneswar have been constructed having a total area of 52,500 Sft for storage of 35,000 quintals of seeds.
In addition to these seed storage godown having profile sheets at Nayagarh, Sambalpur, Sonepur, Bhawanipatna, and Bhubaneswar having an area of 34,500 Sft for storage of 23,000 quintal seeds have been constructed.
The OSSCL has procured 17,000 nos. of MS Pallets for scientific storage of seeds which helped to reduce germination-related complaints.
Weigh Bridges installation work has been completed at three locations i.e. Bargarh, Rangeilunda, and Jeypore for quick and accurate weighing of seeds brought to the processing plants by the growers and other seed supplying agencies.
As many as 37 nos. of SHGs have been involved in all the 37 plant locations of different districts of the State for timely processing of seeds.
OSSCL has been successful in the recoupment of loss sustained by it on implementation of DBT during Kharif 2016 by adopting continuous prudent fiscal measures in closing the cash credit limit availed by the Corporation to meet the requirement of working capital.