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Mahbubnagar JC directs officials to prepare action plan

Mahbubnagar JC directs officials to prepare action plan
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Beginning the preparations for the upcoming rabi season, the district administration in Mahbubnagar is taking measures to ensure that the paddy...

Mahbubnagar: Beginning the preparations for the upcoming rabi season, the district administration in Mahbubnagar is taking measures to ensure that the paddy farmers do not face any problems with regard to sale of their produce at the Agriculture Markets and procurement centres in the district.

As part of this, Joint Collector Venkat Rao held a review meeting on Wednesday at Ambedkar Kalabhavan with the senior officials of Agriculture, Marketing and District Rural development Organisation (DRDO), District Supply Officers, rice millers, transporters and other officials and asked them to prepare a comprehensive action plan for paddy procurement in the upcoming rabi season.

While speaking on the occasion the Joint Collector said, “As the upcoming rabi season is expected to have a very good paddy production, there is a need to be well prepared beforehand and an action plan should be prepared to procure the paddy from the farmers. The Agriculture officials should extend their assistance in the procurement process and ensure that the farmers the paddy to be brought to the market yard has 14 per cent moisture.

The Marketing officials should ensure that the procurement is made as per the rules and regulations set by the government. The A1 grade paddy will be given minimum support price (MSP) of Rs 1,590 per quintal, while normal paddy should be procured at Rs 1,550 per quintal,” said Venkat Rao.

He stressed the need for the Agriculture officials to conduct awareness among the farmers on the ensuring quality. He said best product would be sold at best price and the produce with sand, gravel, lightweight husk would degrade the quality of paddy and the buyers would not come forward to pay adequate price for it.

The Joint Collector also directed the officials of Marketing to ensure that adequate number of gunny bags are available at the CC points in the districts, so that there is no delay in procurement. He said all norms of procurement should be followed and the paddy procured from the farmers should be sent to the stock points immediately and payments should be made at the earliest. Venkat Upender Reddy from DRDO, Sharada Priayadarshini DSO, Representatives of Rice millers, Transporters and others were present at the review meeting.

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