In-charge Collector's initiative helps in purchase of 5.9 lakh tonnes
In a marked departure from convention, the Civil Supplies Department has successfully got paddy purchased by rice millers in the villages, instead of its premises. This has ensured transparency in procurement and less expenses to farmers, who normally take their produce to places where the mills are located.
At some other villages, the millers reached out to the farmers twice a week at designated procurement centres where they struck a deal to buy the commodity for a price higher than the MSP and lift the stocks from farmers' houses. These methods of paddy procurement received good response from farmers who lauded the initiative taken by in-charge Collector A. Sarath. They were also happy that the millers had come forward to clear the large stocks of paddy, which would otherwise go down the drain.
A total of 5.9 (4.05 + 1.85) tonnes of paddy was purchased in the above two methods in the last couple of weeks, Mr. Sarath said in a press release.
It was stated that a yield of 11.91 lakh tonnes of paddy was expected in kharif season. Out of the total yield, 4.05 lakh tonnes were purchased for more than MSP at procurement centres and 6 lakh tonnes were bought by millers from other districts. Nearly 2 lakh tonnes remained with farmers in the Tenali division and steps were taken to purchase the same at a price higher than the MSP. About 0.28 lakh tonnes of paddy was purchased at counters set up by the Food Corporation of India and State Civil Supplies Corporation.
Apart from that, the Railways agreed to provide 12 rakes for exporting rice to other States and four rakes of the commodity had already moved out. Arrangements were made for providing the remaining rakes by the end of this month.
4.05 lakh tonnes purchased for more than MSP at procurement centres Nearly 2 lakh tonnes remain with farmers in the Tenali division
4.05 lakh tonnes purchased for more than MSP at procurement centres
Nearly 2 lakh tonnes remain with farmers in the Tenali division