Officials decide to set up about 170 paddy procurement centres across Nalgonda district
District Co-operative Marketing Societies (DCMS), which were active in paddy procurement before 1977 in Nalgonda, have been pressed into service by district administration this year after a gap of 36 years to procure paddy from farmers.
Following increase in paddy cultivation area, the district administration has decided to set up about 170 paddy procurement centres across the district by government agencies and 47 of them would be from DCMS.
As part of this, district Collector T. Chiranjeevulu and Joint Collector M. Hari Jawharlal inaugurated a procurement centre of DCMS at Nalgonda Agriculture Market here on Tuesday.
Speaking on the occasion, the Joint Collector said that it would be a revival of the DCMS, which has been in deep financial crisis. They would also increase the number of procurement centres of DCMS to 55 if the situation demands, he added.
Meanwhile, following DCMS chairman Jillela Venkateshwara Rao’s appeal, Mr. Chiranjeevulu announced to extend all support to restart the operation of paddy seed processing plant in Huzurnagar town.
With the loans of about Rs. 5 crore being borrowed from National Co-operative Development Corporation (NCDC) and NABARD, the DCMS would start the functioning of the seed processing plant soon which would help produce sufficient seed for the district.
Mr. Jawharlal further said that they would soon computerise the paddy procurement process across the district to monitor its progress online and ensure proper payment to farmers.