Special officers to monitor cotton procurement in Jangaon
The district administrations in the erstwhile Warangal district have responded to the woes of cotton farmers, who were facing trouble in getting profitable price to their produce.
Warangal: The district administrations in the erstwhile Warangal district have responded to the woes of cotton farmers, who were facing trouble in getting profitable price to their produce.
Following directions from Marketing Minister T Harish Rao, Special Officers (SOs) have been appointed to monitor the procurement at Enumamula agriculture market and other procurement centres.
Warangal Urban District Joint-Collector S Dayanand has on Monday informed that along with the agriculture market, five ginning mills have been notified as procurement centres.
Revenue Divisional Officer K Venka Reddy and Assistant Director, Agriculture S Krishna Reddy have been appointed as the special officers to monitor cotton procurement at six centres out of 17 centres.
The special officers were told to regularly visit the allotted centres to supervise the purchases made by Cotton Corporation of India (CCI) and apprise the situation to the district administration every day, The Joint-Collector said.
He asked the farmers to sell their produce at the CCI procurement centres besides Enumamula agriculture market.
He said cotton picked in first round was being brought to the market and the district administration has made all arrangements to ensure profitable price to cotton.
Jangaon District Collector A Devasena informed that an administrator have been appointed for each procurement centre.
The produce was being procured at 12 notified ginning mills along with agriculture markets at Jangaon and Station Ghanpur.
According to her, about 12,62,408 quintals of cotton would be produced in the district in the current season.
The farmers should ensure that the moisture content should be between 8 to 12 per cent, otherwise the CCI would not procure the produce.
The farmers would be given bar coded identity cards. Those, who failed to get identity cards, need not worry as they would be exempted this time.
The CCI was asked to deposit amount in farmers’ accounts within 48 hours of procurement. The marketing officials and Joint-Collector were asked to monitor procurement operations at all centres.
The farmers should not approach middlemen selling the produce in distress but should sell the produce at notified procurement centres alone, Devasena suggested.
She warned that action would be taken against unauthorised procurement centres run by private traders. Those intending to procure cotton must obtain market license and procure at market yards.
20 unauthorised procurement centres in Jangaon district were seized.