Hyderabad: With the Central government refusing to purchase paddy beyond the allocated quota, the State government will procure only 60 lakh tonnes of paddy through the procurement centres for the Vaanakalam (Kharif) season. The officials of Agriculture Department were asked to sensitise people in this regard. The State government had procured the entire yield during the past three crop seasons since Yasangi 2019-20 to ensure that farmers do not suffer losses due to the Covid pandemic and subsequent lockdown.
At a high level meeting on ‘crop cultivation and paddy procurement’ held at Pragathi Bhavan on Sunday, the officials stated that following the Centre’s decision not to purchase boiled rice, the rice mills in the State were in danger of shutting down. They felt that it was in the best interest of farmers in Telangana to stop cultivating paddy further and instead, take up alternative crops. In response to a recent request made by Ministers KT Rama Rao and Gangula Kamalakar, Union Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food Public Distribution and Textiles Piyush Goyal made it clear that the Central government had enough stocks for next five years and cannot purchase boiled rice any more.
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