Union Minister of State for Social Justice P. Balram Naik has said that he would take up the issue of the crop damages suffered by the farmers due to the recent heavy rain with the union minister concerned for ensuring purchase of the damaged paddy and cotton produce by the agencies concerned. Mr. Naik visited the paddy purchase centre at Burgumpadu on Thursday, according to sources.
Responding to the pleas made by the rain-hit farmers, he said the government would extend all possible help to the distressed farmers to help them dispose of their damaged paddy and cotton produce for tiding over the crisis situation. He called upon the farmers to muster courage and face the adversity with the support of the government. He also interacted with the farmers at rain-affected areas in Burgumpadu, Pinapaka, Manuguru and Aswapuram mandals. Pinapaka MLA Rega Kantha Rao was present.