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Kharif paddy procurement crosses 7 lakh tonnes

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Final stages: Paddy being cleaned and packed in gunny bags, to be weighed at the Direct Purchase Centre at Kandiyur in Thiruvaiyaru.
Final stages: Paddy being cleaned and packed in gunny bags, to be weighed at the Direct Purchase Centre at Kandiyur in Thiruvaiyaru.

Special Correspondent

In Thanjavur and Tiruvarur districts

THANJAVUR: The Tamil Nadu Civil Supplies Corporation (TNCSC) has procured 7,88,287 tonnes of paddy during this kharif season which began on October 1, 2008 till March 16 in Thanjavur and Tiruvarur districts.

TNCSC sources told The Hindu that the procurement was 4,04,100 tonnes in Thanjavur district and 3,84,187 tonnes in Tiruvarur district.

At present nearly 357 Direct Purchase Centres (DPCs) in Thanjavur district and 370 DPCs in Tiruvarur district are procuring paddy from farmers.

DPC on demand

A Direct Purchase Centres was opened following the demand from farmers at Kandiyur in Thanjavur district on Saturday.

It procured nearly 12,000 tonnes on Saturday and Sunday.

“As harvest has reached its peak in this area only now, farmers are bringing in huge quantities of paddy. We purchase the paddy after cleaning them with winnowing machines,” a sales clerk at the centre said on Monday.

A sum of Rs. 1,050 is being paid for a quintal of fine variety of paddy.

For common variety of paddy the amount being paid is Rs. 1,000 per quintal.

Samba and Thaladi paddy was affected by rain in November in the delta districts last year.

Hence the yield has come down to three to four tonnes per hectare at many places instead of a normal yield of six tonnes.

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