Damaged paddy will be purchased, farmers need not worry: Sabharwal

Hyderabad: Paddy damaged at paddy procurement centers in several parts of Telangana State due to recent Pethai cyclone will be purchased and the farmers need not worry, said Civil Supplies Commissioner Akun Sabharwal here today.

The Civil Supplies Department estimated that up to 3,491 tons of paddy got wet all over the State due to cyclone Pethai. Sabharwal said measures have been taken to purchase every bit of the wet paddy it. As per latest reports, Civil Supplies Department has purchased 32 lakh tons of paddy from 6.15 lakh farmers at 3,214 Paddy Procurement Centers state wide. The cost of paddy was Rs 5,672 crore out of which Rs 4,922 crore have been deposited in farmers’ accounts through online. Stating that there was no shortage of funds, the farmers will receive Minimum Support Price (MSP) for their paddy. In the last few days, the district Collectors, Joint Collectors and Civil Supplies officials visited the cyclone affected areas and took all precautions at the ground level to minimize the loss to farmers. The Department established a Control Room at the Civil Supplies Bhavan to analyse cyclone affect. As per latest reports, out of a total 3,214 PPCs, at 1,117 centers rain damaged 3,491 tons of paddy, mainly at Mancherial, Siddipet, Adilabad, Sircilla districts.

Today, Civil Supplies Department issued orders to millers to submit 10 percent of total paddy purchased to FCI under Custom Milling Rice (as Boiled Rice). The Commissioner said with mutual coordination among Civil Supplies Department, Marketing, Transport, Rural Development (IKP) department officials and employees staff, preparatory measures have been taken to minimize the damage caused to paddy due to unexpected rains. Sufficient number of gunny bags and tarpaulins are available at all the purchase centers. Purchased paddy was being transported to rice mills immediately. Till now the State-wide, some 32 lakh tons of paddy was purchased and 31.82 lakh tons was transferred to the mills.