Khammam: The district administration has set up eight check posts on Telangana-Andhra Pradesh borders to prevent the transportation of paddy from Andhra Pradesh into Khammam markets. District Collector VP Gautham and Commissioner of Police Vishnu S Warrier inspected several paddy procurement centres in Mudigonda and Nelakondapalli mandals in the district on Monday.
Speaking on the occasion, the Collector stated that around 245 procurement centres were already set up and if required, additional centres would be established to procure paddy. Every grain of paddy produced in the district would be procured and hence, farmers need not worry, he said.
It was aimed to procure four lakh metric tonnes of paddy through PACS, IKP and marketing department centres. Paddy has to be lifted to rice mills immediately after the procurement. Officials have to ensure payments to farmers within 24-hours after the purchase, he said. Gautham said that due to cold weather conditions, the moisture content in paddy would be high. Hence, farmers have to ensure their crop is brought with the prescribed percentage of moisture to procurement centres.
CP Warrier asked the farmers to inform the police immediately if they find anyone from other States bringing paddy to markets in Khammam district. Surveillance on State borders was heightened by setting up check posts.
Additional Collector N Madhusudhan, Civil Supplies Officer Rajender, DRDO Vidya Chandana, Cooperative Officer Vijaya Kumari and Agriculture Officer Viajaya Nirmala were present.
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