Make payments to redgram ryots swiftly, orders Minister

Farmers cleaning redgram to sell it to the government at minimum support price at the Asifabad Agricultural Market yard.

Farmers cleaning redgram to sell it to the government at minimum support price at the Asifabad Agricultural Market yard.   | Photo Credit: S_HARPALSINGH


Expresses disappointment over Centre putting a cap on crop procured from farmers

Minister for Marketing T. Harish Rao has directed the officials to make payments to farmers from whom redgram was procured this season, at the earliest.

He stated that the State government had procured over 2.41 lakh tonnes of redgram worth ₹1,315 crore from farmers so far this season. Expressing his disappointment over the Centre’s role in redgram procurement, the Minister stated that it had allowed purchase of only 75,300 tonnes against the production of an estimated 4 lakh tonnes from the cultivation of the crop in over 2.51 lakh hectares.

As a result, the State government had procured the produce with over ₹1,000 crore of its own funds. The State government had given bank guarantee for ₹600 crore to Telangana State Cooperative Marketing Federation (TS-Markfed) and Hyderabad Agricultural Cooperative Association (HACA) to borrow loans of ₹300 crore each and make payments to redgram farmers, the minister said at a review meeting held here on Saturday.

Stating that a total of 2,41,327 tonnes of redgram was procured so far, the Minister noted that another 1.5 lakh tonnes expected to come to markets.

Godowns in mandals

Mr. Harish Rao directed the officials to write to the district collectors to allot 5 acres of suitable land each in 164 mandals where there were no warehouses in the government sector. He wanted them to submit a report in a fortnight on the availability of mandal-wise storage space and the actual demand.

Stating that only 185 out of 330 warehouses in government sector were in use the Minister wanted the officials to bring into use the remaining 145 warehouses before the commencement of the next kharif season.

He wondered how the storage space for 4 lakh tonnes was occupied in private warehouses and why the government warehouses were not occupied.

He suggested the officials to take the help of local legislators in identifying alternative sites where land acquisition was not completed for construction of the sanctioned warehouses. He told the officials to give priority only to government warehouses for storing stocks of all farm produce being procured from farmers by the government.

The Cabinet sub-committee on food processing would meet on March 6 to discuss the issue. Director of Marketing G. Laxmibai and others attended the meeting.

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