Purchase cotton on MSP rate: Harish Rao
Minister for Irrigation and Marketing Department T Harish Rao directed the Collectors of various districts to take necessary steps for purchasing cotton for minimum support price from the farmers, without creating any hurdles.
Peddapalli: Minister for Irrigation and Marketing Department T Harish Rao directed the Collectors of various districts to take necessary steps for purchasing cotton for minimum support price from the farmers, without creating any hurdles.
The Minister along with the Principal Secretary of Agriculture Department Parthasarathi, Commissioner Jagan Mohan and Director of Marketing Department Lakshmi Bhai, held a video conference with the Collectors and Joint-Collectors along with the officials of Marketing department from the JAD conference hall in Hyderabad on Friday.
Addressing the officials through the video-conference, Minister Harish Rao said the farmers may incur heavy loss since the cotton price in the open market is so less. To prevent them from incurring loss, cotton is being purchased from them through cotton purchase centres for minimum support price.
The Joint-Collectors and officials of marketing department along with the Cotton Corporation of India (CCI) officials must ensure that the amount paid to the farmers from whom the cotton is purchased for MSP (by fixing the MSP at Rs 4,320 per quintal) will be credited into their accounts.
He warned not to cheat the farmers. Harish Rao directed the officials to open purchasing centres in ginning mills and market yards to speed up cotton purchase from the farmers. The farmers need to pay extra charges for selling their produce in ginning mills.
The Joint-Collectors and the officials of marketing department must supervise the purchasing process that is going on in the purchasing centres by visiting regularly to the centres and inspecting the process carefully without giving any scope for irregularities along with issuing the identity cards to every farmer, ordered the Minister.
Later, District in-charge Collector S Prabhakar Reddy responding to the suggestions made by the Minister T Harish Rao, said that identity cards will be sanctioned to every farmer within a week through the marketing department along with taking necessary steps for the convenience of the farmers. Agriculture Officer Thirumal Prasad, District Officer of Marketing department Praveen Reddy and the officials of CCI and Markfed were present along with others.