Hyderabad: The Telangana State Civil Supplies Corporation set an all time record procuring around 92 lakh tonne of paddy during Yasangi 2020-21 which is about 28 lakh tonne more than last year. The paddy procurement by the Corporation came to a close on Tuesday, with the State registering a whopping 594 per cent increase in paddy purchases during Yasangi alone over the 2014-15 season.
Paddy cultivation and subsequently paddy production had increased multi-fold in the State over the last seven years following the pro-farmers initiatives of the State government. This year, paddy production had reached around 1.35 crore tonne. With Covid-19 pandemic posing challenges to farmers in selling their produce since Yasangi last year, the State government has been procuring majority of the yield directly from the farmers in their villages at Minimum Support Price, Telangana State Civil Supplies Corporation chairman Mareddy Srinivas Reddy told the media here on Tuesday.
About 6,968 paddy purchase centres were opened across the State in the first week of April this year and over the last two-and-half months, the Corporation procured 92 lakh tonnes of paddy worth Rs 17,300 crore from around 15 lakh farmers in the State. As against the target of purchasing 80 lakh tonnes of paddy, about 12 lakh tonne additional paddy was purchased. Majority of the farmers have been paid for their produce and the Corporation had spent another Rs 2,000 crore towards gunny bags, transportation and also commission for agricultural societies for facilitating the paddy purchases.
“Unlike earlier, paddy production increased in Yasangi season surpassing the paddy production during Vaanakalam season. As against 13.24 lakh tonnes purchased in Yasangi 2014-15, the paddy procurement has increased to 92 lakh tonnes this Yasangi season which is an achievement by the farmers of Telangana,” the The Corporation has purchased about 4.84 crore tonnes of paddy worth Rs 84,000 crore since the State formation.
Nalgonda topped the districts in paddy procurement having bought 7.83 lakh tonnes, followed by Nizamabad at 7.55 lakh tonnes and Suryapet 6.49 lakh tonnes. In about 23 districts, the purchases surpassed the targets with procurement in Jogulamba Gadwal district 125 per cent more than its target.
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