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Farmers go berserk demanding MSP

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Collector intervenes, assures them of fair procurement process

Paddy farmers in Suryapet went berserk and smashed glass panes and damaged furniture at the agricultural market yard, demanding MSP and fair procurement process for their produce on Friday.

Farmers who reached the market yard in the morning said their produce was being rejected by traders and officials, for reasons of moisture and quality, and therefore they were being offered ₹200 to ₹500 less than the minimum support price, they said. While the common variety of paddy commands a government-offered MSP of ₹1,550 and A grade variety ₹1,590, their good quality produce was being procured at ₹1,100 and around ₹1,300 for the higher variety, they said.

The distressed farmers staged a road blockade on NH 65 and burnt gunny bags in protest. Even after police intervention, tense situation continued till the District Collector, K. Surendra Mohan, reached the premises.

Farmers who interacted with the Collector said paddy rates were rarely as per the guidelines, and arrival of huge loads of paddy on Thursday and Friday “made market officials and traders get into an agreement”, they alleged. Later, the procurement that was halted for nearly two days began after the Collector assured the farmers of MSP, and action against erring officials.

Advising farmers not to rush to the market yard, Mr. Surendra Mohan said their paddy could be taken to the nearest IKP centres as well.

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