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Grim harvest: Three members of a family preparing threshed paddy for procurement by the Civil Supplies Corporation at a paddy field in the Upper Kuttanad village of Niranom on Tuesday.
Grim harvest: Three members of a family preparing threshed paddy for procurement by the Civil Supplies Corporation at a paddy field in the Upper Kuttanad village of Niranom on Tuesday.

Staff Reporter

Civil Supplies Corporation procures 1230 tonnes of paddy

PATHANAMTHITTA: The paddy cultivators in Upper Kuttanad have been put to difficulties once again with a second spell of summer rain hitting this part of the State in the past few days, posing problems to harvesting in the last lap of the crisis-ridden harvest season.

Though the paddy harvest in Upper Kuttanad has reached its last leg, the resumption of summer rain has waterlogged the remaining paddy fields where harvesting was under way.

Paddy harvest in a majority of fields in Upper Kuttanad was over and the last leg of harvesting was in progress in the Niranom panchayat. Paddy procurement was also disrupted in certain areas of the Nedumpram panchayat owing to the unprecedented rain fall, according to Upper Kuttanad Nel-karshaka Samiti (UKNS) leaders.

Meanwhile, UKNS president Sam Eapen has welcomed the reported government decision to disburse compensation to all paddy cultivators who lost 50 per cent or more of their crop, by May 6.

The government has announced compensation of Rs.10,000 per hectare for all paddy cultivators who suffered 50 per cent or more crop loss due to unforeseen summer rains.

Paddy Marketing Officer attached to the Kerala State Civil Supplies Corporation Marivarnan said the corporation had procured a total of 1230 tonnes of paddy at the rate of Rs.10 per kilogram from the rain-ravaged paddy fields of Upper Kuttanad in Pathanamthitta district as on Monday.

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