Staff Reporter

Facility to store 50,000 metric tonnes for one month needed

Some 26,000 metric tonnes of paddy damaged in 16 mandals

‘Planning to use railway rakes to store partly damaged paddy'

VIJAYAWADA: The Krishna district administration is making arrangements to store paddy being procured from farmers on a large scale in the days to come.

As a result of cyclone ‘Laila' that lashed the district for three days, most of the standing crop got damaged in the district, forcing the farmers to sell away the produce.

Procurement

After assessing the impact of ‘Laila' in the district, the officials have come to a conclusion that at least 26,000 metric tonnes of paddy got damaged in 16 mandals due to the downpour. Besides purchasing the damaged crop, the officials are also focusing on paddy procurement, like they are doing during every crop season.

Though the paddy procurement centres have already been set up at various places across the district, non-availability of godowns to store the produce has become an obstacle to the process. “Where to store the produce?” is the big challenge before the officials, as there is no space in the godowns that are in the possession of the Food Corporation of India to store the new stocks.

“We need godown facility to store 50,000 metric tonnes of paddy for a period of one month and we are looking for godowns that are in the possession of various government departments,” Gaurav Uppal, Joint Collector of Krishna district, told The Hindu.

Dr. Uppal had already alerted the revenue staff to report to him the details of various godowns across the district. “We are planning to use the railway rakes to store the partly damaged paddy and making arrangements to use at least eight rakes as soon as possible,” he said.

Godowns in the possession of market yards too are the available option for the officials, where they can store 7,000 metric tonnes of paddy. The godown in the city that belonged to the management of Vuyyuru sugar factory and the godown with a capacity of 15,000 metric tonnes at Uppuluru village had been spotted by the revenue officials so far.

“Availability of godowns will encourage millers to speed up procurement, which will ultimately help the farmers,” Dr. Uppal explained.