HYDERABAD: The Telangana government will set up 6,575 procurement centres in the state during Yasangi to procure 90 lakh metric tonnes of paddy.
More centres would be opened if needed.
Despite difficulties, chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao sanctioned Rs 20,000 crore for procurement of paddy for the welfare of farmers, said civil supplies corporation chairman Mareddy Srinivas Reddy.
The procurement would be carried out adhering to Covid-19 safety protocols.
In all, the civil supplies corporation procured 3.93 crore metric tonnes of paddy worth Rs 68,000 crore at minimum support price between 2014-15 and 2020-21 Vaanakalam, said Mareddy on Thursday.
The corporation chairman sought to advise farmers to cultivate crops that had demand in the market.
The Food Corporation of India (FCI) may not purchase boiled rice in future and in Yasangi too, as it is not evincing interest to purchase boiled rice.
From Telangana, boiled rice used to be transported to West Bengal, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Odisha.
However, these states are now getting their required crop as a result of which the FCI is insisting on raw rice only and has said it won’t be able to accept boiled rice.