Peddapalli: Welfare Minister Koppula Eshwar informed that State government was determined to procure each and every grain produced by farmers. For this purpose, Rs 30,000 crore was earmarked. Minister conducted meeting with officials to discuss about the procurement of paddy at Dharmaram market yard on Monday.
Speaking on the occasion, he said first time in the history of Telangana, paddy was sown in 40 lakh acres in the present Yasangi season. All crops including paddy, maize, cotton and others were sown in 65 lakh acres.
This was made possible only due to the visionary Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao. Besides the 24-hour power suppy, Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Project, Mission Kakatiya, construction of check dams across rivulets and other irrigation development schemes helped to enhance cultivation areas.
Anticipating a huge yield, the Chief Minister had announced to visit purchasing centres to personally experience the procurement of the crop. However, Chandrasekhar Rao was unable to visit centres due to the spread of coronavirus. No State in the country was purchasing the entire crops produced by farmers. However, Telangana was the only State, which was procuring the entire crop to protect the interest of the farming community.
Number of maize procurement centers has also been enhanced this time around. Paddy Purchasing Committee would play a vital role in procurement, he said and advised committee members to prepare a plan for smooth procurement.
There was confusion among the farmers as to where should they sell their produce if there was more than one PPC. It was up to farmers to choose the centres, he made it clear.
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