Corporation yet to pay for paddy procured from them

Paddy farmers in the district are up in arms against the Kerala State Civil Supplies Corporation (Supplyco) for its alleged failure to pay them the support price, announced by the government in the last harvest season, for the paddy procured from them.

In a statement here on Monday, president of Desheeya Karshaka Samajam V. Vasudevan and general secretary Muthalamthode Mani said that the paddy farmers were struggling because of the non-payment of price by Supplyco. The paddy was procured three months ago.

“The farmers are unable to repay the loans they had taken for cultivation. They are also finding it difficult to buy seed and fertilizer for the next crop of paddy,” the statement said.

It said that Supplyco was delaying payment since it lacked funds.

The Union and State governments had to pay Rs.300 crore to Supplyco. Unless this money was paid, the Corporation would not be able to pay the farmers, the statement said.

The Samajam had also met Chief Minister Oommen Chandy during his visit to the district on Friday and submitted a memorandum on the issue.