Centre urged to open 150 Cotton Corporation of India's business centres

Centre urged to open 150 Cotton Corporation of Indias business centres
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The Minister for Irrigation and Marketing T Harish Rao here on Tuesday met the Union Minister for Textiles Smriti Irani and pleaded with her to open 150 Cotton Corporation of India\'s (CCI) business centres in Telangana State, as the extent of cotton sown area had doubled in the State. Stating that during 2015-2016 the CCI had opened only 84 centres, he said that this year the farmers would be requ

New Delhi: The Minister for Irrigation and Marketing T Harish Rao here on Tuesday met the Union Minister for Textiles Smriti Irani and pleaded with her to open 150 Cotton Corporation of India's (CCI) business centres in Telangana State, as the extent of cotton sown area had doubled in the State. Stating that during 2015-2016 the CCI had opened only 84 centres, he said that this year the farmers would be requiring at least 150 centres to sell their produce.

He suggested that the centres should to be run on all the six working days of the week during the season with full-fledged CCI staff. The CCI could use the payment gateway of e-NAM for easy transactions and online payment of sale proceeds to the farmers will prevent delay in payments, he added.

With regard to the technical support on quality parameters, Harish Rao explained that the assaying service of National Collateral Management Services Limited (NCML), with which Telangana government had a tie up for assaying services in 8 AMC (Agriculture Marketing Committees), could be examined and the charges under such assaying services might be met by the CCI under MSP operations.

Also, he urged the Union Minister to instruct the CCI to relax their purchasing norms as due to heavy rains during October and November, cotton was getting discoloured to some extent. He also sought supply of hand machines to farmers, to help them pick cotton, on subsidy basis as it would not only address cotton contamination but also tackle the labour shortage.He also sought supply of cotton bags to pick the cotton.

Quality testing laboratories for bales could be established at four centres in the Sate at Adilabad, Warangal, Hyderabad (Shamshabad) and Siddipet to facilitate exports, he said.

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