Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao on Tuesday announced that the State government will purchase the entire paddy produced in the State during the current monsoon season.
The CM has instructed the officials concerned to purchase the entire paddy in the State by setting up 6,000 purchasing Centres and ensuring that every grain of paddy is purchased and farmers are not put under any problem on the matter.
KCR reiterated that the government’s aim is to stand by farmers at every stage from extending financial assistance for crop investment to purchasing the produce.
He held a high-level review meeting here at Pragathi Bhavan pertaining to purchase of the rainy season crops.
He said that in the state crops are cultivated at a record level in 134.87 Lakh acres. Of this, paddy was cultivated in 52.77 Lakh acres, Cotton in 60.36 Lakh acres and Red Gram in 10.78 Lakh acres.
He said paddy would be procured completely through IKP Centres, Cooperative Societies, marketing department.
Urging the farmers not to go in for any distress sale, he said “if the Paddy is with below 17 per cent moisture, the government would give Rs 1,888 per Quintal for A grade variety, Rs 1,868 per Quintal for the B grade variety as the Minimum Support Price.”
He asked the farmers to bring in dried Paddy to get the MSP and not to bring paddy with more moisture, which may create problems.
Rao said efforts are on to procure cotton through Cotton Corporation of India....