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Telangana govt to buy 40L MT rain-hit paddy

HYDERABAD: In what might be seen as making use of balm to angry farmers, the state executive stated each seed of paddy, together with shares that were given soaked in the recent unseasonal rains and hailstorm, shall be bought from affected farmers. Senior officers stated the government has set a goal of buying 40 lakh metric tonnes (MTs) of paddy from farmers.
The civil supplies division has already procured 2.97 lakh MTs of paddy from 27,591 farmers and shifted 2.58 lakh MTs to rice turbines. Civil supplies commissioner Akun Sabharwal, who held a teleconference with officers here on Monday, stated each step is being taken as in line with the instruction of chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao to make certain that farmers do not suffer.

The executive is offering an MSP of Rs 1,770 in line with quintal to grade A paddy and Rs 1,750 in line with quintal to normal category of paddy. “Gunny bags and cash to buy and retailer paddy are in place,” Sabharwal stated. A control room has also been set up on the civil supplies commissioner’s administrative center to observe the placement every day. Farmers can register complaints and suggestions on toll-free quantity 1800-425-00333 or WhatsApp quantity 7330774444.

Sabharwal, who also visited paddy procurement centres (PPCs) in Nalgonda and Suryapet districts, promised that wet paddy could be purchased from farmers. He also interacted with farmers and reviewed paddy procurement, transportation and condition of PPCs. Lorries could be to be had to move paddy from paddy procurement centres to rice turbines.

The executive stated over 3,600 PPCs had been set up. “In case of emergency, officers will inform district joint creditors and head administrative center instantly,” he stated.

The civil supplies division has also started taking measures and directed officers to keep tarpaulin sheets in sufficient amount and numbers at PPCs and shift paddy to rice turbines instantly after purchase.

Meanwhile, the extent of damage to crops in the unseasonal rains swelled to 65,000 acres on Monday from 55,000 acres on Sunday with rains lashing a number of parts of the state.

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