Special Correspondent

Nagapattinam: Procurement of samba paddy by the Tamil Nadu Civil Supplies Corporation in Nagapattinam district has touched 85,000 tonnes on Monday.

With the daily arrival of about 5,500 tonnes to the 211 Direct Purchase Centres (DPCs), the procurement will cross the one lakh-tonne mark in two days.

Official sources said that the TNCSC had enough money and gunny bags to procure as maximum paddy as possible from the farmers under the decentralised procurement system of the Centre.

The corporation was offering Rs.650 per quintal for Grade A variety and Rs.620 per quintal for common variety paddy with moisture content up to 17 per cent and the price included incentive of Rs.40 per quintal.

According to Agriculture Department officials, harvest of samba paddy crop was over in 60 per cent of the total 1.03 lakh hectares cultivated this year in the district.

Harvest of thaladi paddy crop raised on 31,000 hectares as a second crop in the short-term kuruvai paddy crop area had commenced in several parts of the district.

Tenkasi S. Jawahar, Collector, had stated that farmers had achieved good paddy yield during the current samba crop and an average seven tonnes per hectare was reported in the district.