Hyderabad: Union Minister of State for Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy on Thursday said that 293 ginning and spinning mills will start operating from Monday onwards and the Cotton Corporation of India (CCI) has agreed to purchase the entire cotton produced by the farmers of Telangana.
The Minister, speaking at a review meeting with the CCI, Nafed and Markfed officials here, directed the CCI Deputy General Manager Amarnath Reddy to take stern action against those who show laxity in procuring cotton from the farmers. He made it clear that no middlemen should be allowed in the process of procurement. “The CCI was asked to educate farmers to see that the cotton brought for procurement has permissible moisture only,” he said.
He further informed that the payment process will be hassle free as it would be Aadhar linked and online. He said that farmers will be paid minimum support price (MSP) for cotton and urged them not to resort to panic selling. “The production this year is said to be low, because of untimely rains, less supply means more demand,” he observed.
Reviewing the arrangements for paddy procurement this season, he said that the Centre has announced a uniform MSP for paddy all over the country and the Telangana State which has encouraged farmers to grow fine varieties of paddy will have to procure the entire fine variety on its own. “The Centre can’t declare separate prices for every single State. Hence it must procure all the fine variety and also consider declaring bonus as promised by the Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao,” he said.
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