Paddy growers worried over rain threat

Staff Reporter
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Top priority accorded to speed up procurement process: Collector

Playing it safe:Huge stocks of paddy lying at a paddy purchase centre in Khammam division.PHOTO: G. N. RAO
Playing it safe:Huge stocks of paddy lying at a paddy purchase centre in Khammam division.PHOTO: G. N. RAO

With the threat of unseasonal rain hovered over many parts of the district on Friday, the paddy growers are once again caught in a precarious situation worried over the potential danger posed by the adverse climatic conditions to their paddy produce.

It may be noted here that the farmers suffered severe ordeal due to unexpected rain that lashed several areas in Enkur and other mandals last week.

The farmers struggled hard to save their unsold paddy at the paddy purchase centres in Enkur and elsewhere in the aftermath of unexpected rain on last Monday.

Review meet

In the wake of the farmers outcry over lack of adequate gunny bags and tarpaulins at the purchase centres besides the tardy pace of paddy procurement, the district administration has reviewed the situation at a high-level meeting chaired by senior IAS officer Neerab Kumar Prasad, special officer for paddy procurement, four days ago.

The meeting came up with several action plans to tide over the scarcity of gunny bags and speed up the process of paddy procurement.

New purchase centres

Meanwhile, a fresh consignment of 73,000 gunny bags, 1,000 tarpaulins and 29 electronic weighing machines arrived in Khammam on Friday.

In a statement, Collector Siddharth Jain said the gunny bags, tarpaulins and the weighing machines were dispatched to the paddy purchase centres.

New purchase centres would be set up if needed in addition to the existing 37 centres spread across the district, he said adding that top priority has been given for expeditious procurement of paddy from the farmers at minimum support price.



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