Kakinada: District Joint Collector A Mallikarjuna ordered the sago rice millers in the district that they should purchase tapioca for Rs 1,200 per putty.
Joint Collector Mallikarjuna speaking with the sago millers and tapioca farmers at a meeting to provide the MSP for the tapioca farmers
Speaking on the occasion, he said that the Central government did not declare the MSP (Minimum Support Price) for the tapioca. He stated that to support the tapioca farmers and to provide the MSP to the farmers in Peddapuram and Jaggampeta mandals, they organised the meeting with the sago millers.
“The sago millers had been making small pills made of maize and selling the pills as the sago in the market, because of this feat of the sago millers, the tapioca farmers were occurring losses,” informed the official. He said that the tapioca farmers seeked fixation of prices to Rs 1,500 per putty. “However, after discussions with the farmers and the sago millers, we have decided the price at Rs 1,200 per putty,” he announced.
Stating that the administration had decided the tapioca price at Rs 533 per quintal, he warned the millers of severe action if any miller purchases for less than the fixed price. District Rice Millers Association president Ambati Rama Krishna Reddy, Civil Supplies District Manager Krishna Rao, DSO Prasad, Legal Metrology Assistant Controller Madhuri and Tapioca farmers participated in the meeting.