Civil Supplies Corporation chairman Mareddy Srinivas Reddy. (TOI)
HYDERABAD: The Telangana government has issued instructions to the officials all over the state not to store paddy purchased from farmers in large quantities in the 5,884 procurement centres established till date in various villages in Telangana.
These orders have been issued to save paddy from getting damaged due to unseasonal rains lashing various parts of the state for the past few days and a forecast for further rains in the next three days.
Civil Supplies Corporation chairman Mareddy Srinivas Reddy said the procurement centre officials should immediately transport the paddy to the rice mills who in turn should unload it and take proper care for its storage. Under no circumstances the paddy stocks should be allowed to pile up at the procurement centres, he said.
As much as 15.49 lakh metric tonnes of paddy worth Rs 2,920 crore has been purchased from the farmers so far this season. Officials were also directed to ensure that tarpaulins were provided to farmers and also at the procurement centres to protect paddy from unseasonal rains.
Srinivas Reddy directed the officials to make all arrangements to ensure that there is no delay in procurement of paddy brought by the farmers. They should not be allowed to wait to sell their agriculture produce.