Telangana as ‘rice bowl’ of India


Mission record procurement of 1.12 crore tons of paddy

M4PNews|Hyderabad

Telangana takes pride while absorbing a new name for itself i.e. Rice Bowl as it achieves record procurement 1.12 crore tons of paddy. Announcing this, the Telangana State Civil Supplies Corporation Chairman Mareddy Srinivas Reddy said a record 47 lakh tons procurement in Vaanakalam (Kharif crop) and 65 lakh tons in Yasangi (Rabi crop) during 2019-20 had set new records for the state.

He further said the state had jumped up from the mere 24 lakh tons of paddy procurements for both seasons in 2014-15. “Since the State came in formation period of six years, 367 per cent increase was witnessed in the procurement of paddy. Compared to last Yasangi, procurement this year increased by 76 per cent (24 lakh tons),” he stated.

It has been possible with the help of 6,408 procurement centres that was earmarked for Yasangi procurement. 65 lakh tons of paddy which is worth Rs 12,000 crore was procured from 9.68 lakh farmers. “Till now, Rs 11,000 crore got deposited into the accounts of farmers and the remaining will soon be credited into their accounts,” Srinivas Reddy said happily.

Unlike the past records, in 39 lakh acres in the state paddy crop got a boost and estimated to be 1 crore ton of paddy was produced. Out of this, Civil Supplies department procured a total yield of 65 lakh tons.and 12 lakh tons got to be purchased by rice millers. 15 lakh tons are of a fine variety and over 6 lakh tons have been set aside as seed, he said.

The state falls short with gunny bags as of the bumper crop of paddy. “The 18 crore gunny bags were required and 9 crore gunny bags were available with the department at the time of lockdown in country. But we saw to it that the farmers are not put to trouble because of the shortage. We succeeded in overcoming this problem too,” he said.

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