Party leaders ask Collector to ensure opening of more paddy purchase centres
The leaders of the Telugu Desam Party on Sunday met District Collector Peeyush Kumar and submitted a memorandum seeking a better deal for the farmers in the district and rescue them at a time when there are heavy crop losses this season. They wanted the Collector to see that more paddy purchase centres are open for offering a better price to the farmers.
TDP district president and Mylavaram MLA Devineni Umamaheswara Rao, Nandigama MLA Tangirala Prabhakar, Gannavaram MLA Dasari Balavardhana Rao, MLC Yelamanchili Babu Rajendra Prasad and others were in the delegation. The leaders narrated the woes of the farmers to the Collector and wanted him to take immediate measures to open more purchase centres.
The TDP leaders also demanded that the Collector take steps for making sure that the discoloured paddy will be purchased from the farmers at the centres without any complaints.
They pointed out that in the recent heavy rains, harvested paddy in large tracts of land was lying under water for a long time resulting in discolouration and even germination. This necessitated the intervention of the district administration to protect the farmers from heavy losses.
Later, speaking to the reporters, the main opposition party leaders said that the farmers were yet to get enough support in order to come out of the recent losses in the heavy rains.
They said that the farmers would be in an unforeseen helpless state unless the Government initiates steps to extend substantial support to them to get over the crop losses.
The paddy farmers were the most affected in the district with the recent heavy rains coming at several intervals pushing up the cost of cultivation enormously.
The TDP MLAs also demanded that the Government provide assistance in extending crop insurance to the affected farmers so that they would not be discouraged from cultivation altogether. They wanted crop compensation to be paid to all the farmers without wasting much time so as to instil confidence in the farmers.