Hyderabad, Oct.7 (Hydnow): Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao has made it clear that the Paddy would be purchased in full scale at the village level. He said since there is still Corona fear lingering, various government agencies would be sent to the villages to purchase the entire Paddy production.
The CM held a review meeting in Pragathi Bhavan here on Wednesday again on Paddy procurement during this rainy season with ministers and officials concerned. The CM suggested that as was done during the Corona period, the government agencies would go the farmers and will purchase the Paddy and he advised the farmers not to get their Paddy to the markets and face problems. The CM said Paddy with less than 17 percent moisture would be purchased by the state government at Rs 1,888 per Quintal MSP for Grade a Variety and Rs 1,868 per Quintal MSP for the B Grade variety.
The CM said in the villages harvesting is done for fifteen days in a month and instructed the Agriculture, marketing and Civil Supplies department officials to take precautions at every point. He wanted the officials to make an estimate on how much Paddy would be available and prepare purchasing plan accordingly.
The CM said that since there is a lot of improvement in the irrigation water supply, even arid lands are becoming fertile and are cultivated. CM KCR said that with the financial support extended by Rythu Bandhu Scheme, farmers who have migrated to urban areas are returning to the villages to cultivate their land and it was a welcome gesture. The CM also instructed officials to ensure that the farmers get their money on the sale of Paddy immediately along with the Bank Guarantees.
The CM said that since Telangana State is fast becoming agriculture based state, the Civil Supplies Department should strengthen itself and it should make an action plan accordingly. He said it was worth complimenting farmers who have cultivated Red Gram in 10.78 Lakh acres as directed under Regulatory Farming policy and wanted officials to arrange for the purchase of Red Gram also.
In the review meeting, Ministers Singireddy Niranjan Reddy, Gangula Kamalakar, Mehmood Ali, Indrakaran Reddy, Government’s Chief Advisor Rajiv Sharma, CM Principal Secretary S Narsing Rao, Secretary Smita Sabharwal, OSD Priyanka Varghese, Civil Supplies Corporation Chairman Mareddy Srinivas Reddy, Markfed Chairman Mara Gangareddy, Commissioner Agriculture Janardhan Reddy, Civil Supplies Commissioner Anil Kumar, Peddapally ZP Chairman Putta Madhu and others participated. (Hydnow)