Yadadri-Bhongir: The Commissioner of Civil Supplies Akun Sabarwal conducted a surprise visit of several paddy procurement centres in the district and inspected the process of paddy purchase on Sunday.
Akun Sabarwal inspected Primary Agricultural Cooperative Societies (PACS) at Indriyala and Indira Kranthi Patham (IKP) Paddy Procurement Centre at Peddaravulapally in Bhudhan Pochampally, and also interacted with farmers.
He enquired farmers whether they were being provided facilities including tarpaulin covers and drinking water at the paddy purchasing centres. He also got information from the organisers of the paddy procurement centres about the status of paddy purchase and paddy stocks of farmers in their centres. He tested the paddy crop using moisture testing machine.
Later, he conducted a meeting with the officials in Mandal Development Officer’s Office at Bhudhan Pochampally and reviewed the status of paddy purchasing in the district.
He instructed the officials concerned to complete the target as early as possible. He said of 2.1 lakh metric tonnes of paddy targeted to purchase from the farmers in the district for Yasangi season, 1.85 lakh metric tonnes of paddy had been purchased from the farmers and shifted to the mills. He said procurement of paddy from the farmers would be completed within 10 days. He said the State government had decided to purchase all paddy from the farmers.
He also instructed officials to take care that farmers got the amount for purchased paddy through paddy procurement centres as early as possible.
Speaking to the media persons, Sabarwal said that the main objective of paddy purchasing centres was ensuing Minimum Support Price (MSP) to the crops. The State government has been increasing number of paddy procurement centres in tune with crop production.
He said so far, 29.54 lakh metric tonnes of paddy was purchased from farmers in the State through 3,519 PACS and IKP Paddy Procurement Centres. Keeping in mind the unseasonal rains, measures were being taken up to shift the purchased paddy to mills on a war footing. Of the 29.54 lakh metric tonnes purchased paddy, 28.52 lakh metric tonnes of paddy has already been shifted to mills in the State, he added.
Joint Collector Ramesh, Revenue Divisional Officer Suraj Kumar, District Rural Development Officer Upender Reddy, District Civil Supplies Officer Sandhya Rani, Civil Supplies District Manager Gopi and others attended the review meeting.