Govt will help farmers sell their wet paddy: Akun

Hyderabad, May 9 (NSS):Civil Supplies Commissioner Akun Sabharwal has said the State government would help farmers in selling their wet paddy.

            On Wednesday, the Commissioner made a field visit to Gajwel, Siddipet Market Yards, IKP Purchase Center at Duddeda and PPCs at Nerella in Sircilla district and discussed with the farmers. He reviewed with officials on paddy purchase, shifting of paddy, gunny bags and other issues. He asked the officials to take immediate measures, particularly in transporting purchased paddy to mills.

            As per the demand, lorries should be kept available and in case of shortage of vehicles, help of RTA officials should be taken. If any problem persists, it should be reported to the District Joint Collector as well as the Head Office. The Commissioner said 1.16 lakh metric tons of paddy soaked in water at Market Yards and Purchase Centers was shifted to rice mills on war footing basis. Keeping in view the rain forecast, paddy should not be stored at paddy center and arrangements be made to shift them to rice mills immediately, he said. Millers should increase speed in loading and unloading the paddy, he added.

            As the weather department alerted of rains from 11 th sufficient number of tarpaulins should be kept available at the centers. In any situation or consequences necessary precautions should be taken to farmers should not suffer loss or face any problems. Farmers should keep special focus on moisture percentage while selling paddy. Officials should guide farmers in this process. Paddy purchase is in full swing at purchase centers state wide. Every year, Civil Supplies Department establishes paddy purchase centers to procure paddy at minimum support price from farmers.

The Civil Supplies Department has set a target to procure 38 lakh metric tons of paddy this Rabi season and decided to arrange 3008 PPCs for the convenience of the farmers. Till now, 15.91 lakh metric tons of paddy, worth of Rs 2,526 crore was  purchased from 2.36 lakh farmers at 2962 PPCs. In this, 15.01 LMT paddy was shifted to rice mills.

Last year at this same time in Rabi season, 7.64 LMT’s paddy worth of Rs. 1,154 crores was purchased from 1.24 lakh farmers at 2620 PPCs. Compared to last year this year in the same time paddy procurement from farmers has doubled and without any problem and loss to farmer, the paddy is purchased at not less than MSP i.e., Rs. 1550 for and Rs. 1590 for Grade ‘A’. Within 48 hours after truck sheet is generated from purchase centers payment is made online to farmers accounts directly. For procuring 38 LMT’s of paddy 9.78 crore gunny bags are required, for which 9.31 crore gunny bags are kept available till now.

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