Hyderabad: With the central government deciding not to procure parboiled rice from Telangana, the State government has again appealed to farmers not to take up paddy cultivation in Yasangi.
During a video conference with district Collectors here on Saturday, chief secretary Somesh Kumar said farmers, who had tie-up with seed companies or with millers or for self-consumption can take up paddy cultivation at their own risk.
During the meeting, the district Collectors were directed to ensure that paddy procurement was taken up without any inconvenience to farmers for the ongoing Vaanakalam (Kharif) season. They were also authorised to set up new Paddy Procurement Centres (PPCs), if required. Collectors and senior officers were specifically directed to visit the PPCs on regular basis to resolve issues, if any.
Regarding few instances of paddy from neighbouring States being brought to PPCs in the State, the Collectors and SPs were directed to ensure that no paddy from outside Telangana was taken to the PPCs. This would act against the interest of Telangana farmers as the central government has allotted only 40 lakh MTs of rice as target for procurement of Vanakalam 2021.
Further, the district Collectors were directed to expedite milling of paddy to rice. It was important to convert paddy into rice and dispatch the stocks immediately to ensure there was no shortage of space for new procurements. DGP M Mahender Reddy and other senior officials participated in the conference on paddy procurement from BRKR Bhavan.
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