Bhubaneswar:Paddy procurement in the state has crossed 14.32 lakh metric tonnes by end of December, which is 30%  more than procured last season by this time.

The state food supplies minister, S N Patra, said already nearly 14.32 lakh metric tonnes of paddy have been procured from 2,32,075 registered farmers.

“Given the present trend we hope that the total paddy procurement will cross 70 lakh metric tonne in the Kharif season as against the target of 56 lakh metric tonne that was fixed earlier” , he said.

The minister said, no paddy will be supplied to 81 millers out of total 750 millers in the state who are yet to return rice against the stock allotted to them in the past.