Mulugu: District Collector S Krishna Aditya promised that every grain of paddy harvested this Vaanakalam would be purchased by the government. He, however, urged the farmers to ensure that they dry the paddy till the moisture level comes down to 17 per cent or less.
Speaking after inspecting paddy procurement centres in Venkatapur mandal in the district on Sunday, the Collector said that justice would be done to farmers by ensuring the Minimum Support Price for their produce. “We have appointed a special officer for each mandal to oversee the paddy purchase. Officials will also monitor loading and unloading of bags,” he said.
“I suggest the farmers dry paddy till the moisture content come to 17 per cent. Only then they will be given tokens,” he said and directed the officials to keep the gunny bags and tarpaulins be ready at the centres to protect paddy in case of sudden rain.
“We have set up 170 paddy purchasing centres in the district and are buying the produce of the farmers. Weighing machines, gunny bags, moisture machine are made available at the purchasing,” he said, and however, asked the officials to educate farmers to sow alternative crops instead of paddy as FCI had made it clear that it would not purchase paddy in the Yasangi. “Pulses like black gram, green gram, and other crops can be cultivated in the Yasangi season,” he added. DRO Rama Devi, MPDO Iqbal, AEO Anusha and other officials were present.
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