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Collector asks millers not to take advantage of the situation

Water released only for 120 days during Rabi

Rice millers seek district Collector's intervention

GUNTUR: Paddy purchase centres will be opened al over Guntur district if the rice millers did not purchase all varieties of paddy above the Minimum Support Price fixed by the State Government, district Collector B. Ramanjaneyulu said on Thursday.

Promising farmers a fair deal in sale of their Rabi produce, schedule for which they had to adjust according to irrigation water release in the canals in Palnadu region and some parts of Tenali division also, he appealed to millers not to resort to taking advantage of the situation and buying at lower price.

Water was released only for 120 days during the Rabi as the season got disturbed due to floods.

The 75 k.g. bag of paddy of any variety should fetch between Rs.1,000 and Rs.1,030 for farmers and millers from all regions must come forward to buy in Palnadu region first, he said at a review meeting with millers at the Revenue Divisional Office in Narsaraopet on Thursday. Millers' representatives Sankara Rao and Bhrahmaiya informed the Collector that they would purchase paddy by paying an excess of Rs.100 to Rs.150 per bag above the prescribed MSP. They also sought the intervention of the Collector in ensuring a scenario, where the farmers could directly sell their produce to the millers at the MSP or above. Joint Collector Gaurav Uppal, Agriculture Joint Director I Ramakrishna Murthy and Narsaraopet RDO K. Srinivasulu along with District Supplies Officer Gopalakrishna were present at the meeting.