Farmers will not be exploited any more, says Minister
Forest Minister K.T. Pachaimal inaugurated direct purchase centres (DPC) at Thazhakudi and Boothapandi in Thovalai taluk in Kanyakumari district, once known as the granary of the then Travancore State (Nanjil Nadu), on Sunday.
The Minister said that with the setting up these facilities, farmers in the then Nanjil Nadu would derive benefits as they could dispose their produce for a better price and need not be at the mercy of middlemen.
Following demands from farmers, Chief Minister Jayalalithaa had directed the district administration to take immediate efforts to start the two DPCs. The Tamil Nadu Civil Supplies Corporation would procure directly from farmers who can sell their paddy — Grade-A (best quality) for Rs,1350 per quintal, and common variety for Rs. 1,300. However, the farmers should ensure that the moisture content of the paddy does not exceed 17 per cent.
There was a time when DPCs existed only in the Cauvery delta region of Thanjavur, Tiruvarur and Nagapattinam districts where farmers were exploited by middlemen during harvest period. As farmers in Kanyakumari district were also exploited by middlemen, the Chief Minister directed the district administration to set up DPCs whereever it was needed for the benefit of farmers, the Minister said.
S. Nagarajan, Collector, Muruganatham, Regional Manager, Tamil Nadu Civil Supplies Corporation, Boothalingam, president, Thovalai Panchayat Union, and Rohini Ayyappan, president, Thazakudi Town Panchayat, participated.
New bus service
Mr. Pachaimal also flagged off a new bus service from Sirayankuzhi to Nagercoil via Monday Market and Kurunthencode at a function held at Sirayankuzhi on Sunday. He said that a long-pending demand of people living in Sirayankuzhi, Palliyadi, Thikkanamcode and West Neyyur to operate a bus that could facilitate them to go to Kanyakumari Government Medical College Hospital at Asaripallam in Nagercoil had been fulfilled with the operation of bus number 312 of the Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation (TNSTC).
The bus would be operated from Sirayankuzhi via Palliyadi, Karungal, Thikkanamcode, Senamvilai, Bethelpuram, West Neyyur, Monday Market, Thalakkulam, Kurunthencode and Asaripallam. There would be five services a day
MLA J.G. Prince of Colachel Assembly segment, deputy managers of TNSTC Thanulingam and Anbu Abraham, branch manager Mahesh, and president of Neyyur town panchayat Paul Sekar were present.