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Direct procurement of copra begins in Vellore


To help coconut growers from falling prices, the district administration has started to procure copra directly from farmers through the cooperative marketing societies.

On Wednesday, Collector R. Nanthagopal launched the direct procurement of copra from coconut farmers at the agricultural producers’ cooperative marketing society at Gudiyatham taluk.

Under this scheme, farmers can sell copra directly at the cooperative marketing societies.

In Vellore district, coconut was cultivated on 22,000 hectares.

Coconut cultivation was high in six taluks – Gudiyatham, Madhanur, Natrampalli, Pernambut, Alangayam and Tirupattur, a press release said.

Ground water table

The north east monsoon last year had helped increasing the ground water table in the district. This has helped coconut growers to an extent, the Collector said in the release.

As the price of copra has dropped, the Chief Minister has taken measures to procure the copra from farmers keeping in mind their welfare.

Accordingly, a kilo of milling copra is procured for Rs. 59.50, while edible copra is procured for Rs. 62.40 a kg.

To enable coconut farmers to bring the produce to these outlets, the Revenue and Agriculture Departments would jointly issue identity cards. The Collector has asked farmers to utilise the opportunity, the release said.

Under this scheme, farmers can sell copra directly at the cooperative marketing societies

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