The district administration has decided to open 161 paddy procurement centres for kharif season in East Godavari district and of them 25 centres will be opened in Rajahmundry Revenue Division.
Addressing a meeting of the Civil Supplies and revenue officials at the Sub-Collector’s office here on Friday, Joint Collector A. Babu said Agriculture Credit Societies and self-help groups would be involved in paddy procurement.
He said procurement target in the district was reduced to 7 lakh metric tonnes from 10 lakh tonnes due to damage caused by the Neelam cyclone.
“We are expecting 4.5 lakh tonnes of non-fair average quality (FAQ) from the farmers. Procurement price for non-FAQ will, however, be decided on value cut ratio,” said the Joint Collector.
He said procurement amount will be directly credited to farmers’ account and in case, farmers are not having bank accounts cheques will be issued to them directly. He told the officials that there should be no complaint from any farmer at procurement centre. He said 8 lakh gunny bags were kept ready for procurement in the district. Revenue Divisional Officer M. Venugopal Reddy, district Civil Supply Officer Kumar, agriculture assistant director K. Robert Pal and others participated.