Initiate steps for paddy procurement, says action panel leader

Minister for Agriculture N. Raghuveera Reddy was greeted by pleas by farmers over paddy procurement during his visit here on Sunday. The Minister was addressing a gathering of farmers after unveiling a statue of former chief minister Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy.

M.V. Suryanarayana Raju of the Andhra Pradesh Rytu Karyacharana Samithi urged the Minister to initiate steps for paddy procurement by ensuring minimum support price. He wanted the government to protect the interests of farmers in the light of a call by the rice millers associations to suspend the procurement until their demands were met by the government.

Allaying farmers' fears over paddy procurement in the khariff, Mr. Raghuveera Reddy expressed the government's resolve to provide marketing facility for the whole produce by ensuring the MSP. He appealed to the farmers to complete paddy transplantation by the end of December so as to pave the way for delta modernization works from the second week of April next.