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‘Purchasing centres to provide farmers MSP’

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Minister inaugurates paddy and maize purchasing centre at Karimnagar agricultural market

Quality check:Minister for Civil Supplies D. Sridhar Babu inspecting paddy, in Karimnagar on Monday.- Photo: Thakur Ajaypal Singh
Quality check:Minister for Civil Supplies D. Sridhar Babu inspecting paddy, in Karimnagar on Monday.- Photo: Thakur Ajaypal Singh

Minister for Civil Supplies D. Sridhar Babu has said that there was an increase of 25 per cent production of paddy produce during this kharif season following the bountiful rainfall in the State.

Speaking after inaugurating the paddy and maize purchasing centre at the Karimnagar agricultural market yard on Monday, the Minister said that the government had opened the purchasing centres to provide the farmers the minimum support price. He said that they had launched the procurement of paddy produce through IKP centres from 2008. Out of 2124 IKP procurement centres in the State, the Karimnagar district was having 600 centres, he said and added that the district IKP centres were expecting procurement of 6 lakh metric tonnes of paddy during this season.

He said that the government had increased the minimum support price for the paddy from Rs.910 per quintal to Rs.1,345 per quintal.

He said that the fine variety of paddy produce was having MSP of Rs.1,500 per quintal to encourage farmers. He said that the cotton MSP was fixed at Rs.4,000 per quintal and maize at Rs.1,310 per quintal.


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