Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Thursday said farmers in the State would get an additional Rs. 50 and Rs. 70 per quintal over the minimum support price of Rs. 1,310 (ordinary) and Rs. 1,345 (high quality) respectively as announced by the Centre for kharif crops for this season.

With this, farmers would get Rs. 1,360 per quintal for ordinary paddy and Rs. 1,415 per quintal for high quality paddy from October 1, Ms. Jayalalithaa said in a statement.

The decision was arrived at a meeting chaired by the Chief Minister with other Ministers and senior officials.

The Centre announced a hike in the support price of paddy by Rs. 60 to Rs. 1,310 and by Rs. 65 to Rs. 1345 for high quality paddy per quintal for the 2013-14 crop year.

The Chief Minister has also directed respective District Collectors in the Cauvery delta region to permit Tamil Nadu Civil Supplies Corporation (TNCSC) to open procuring centres in their districts when required.

She has also ordered District Collectors in non-delta region to permit TNCSC to open direct procuring centres through cooperative credit societies.

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