They will get additional Rs. 50 and Rs. 70 per quintal over the minimum support price

Paddy farmers in the State will get an additional Rs.50 and Rs.70 per quintal over the minimum support price fixed by the Centre for the kharif crop this season.

Announcing this, Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Thursday said as per the decision the farmers would be paid Rs.1,360 for a quintal of ordinary paddy and Rs.1,415 for high quality paddy from October 1.

The decision was taken following a review meeting chaired by her.

The meeting was attended by Ministers and senior officials. She said in a statement that the Centre had announced the MSP at Rs.1,310 (ordinary) and Rs.1,345 (high quality). Ms. Jayalalithaa said Collectors in the Cauvery delta region had been asked to permit TNCSC to open procuring centres in their districts as per the requirement.

The Chief Minister also ordered Collectors of non-delta regions to allow the Corporation to open direct procuring centres through coop. societies.

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