Amidst the growing cases of Kovid-19, Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao recently announced that the state government would procure the paddy crop through the Telangana State Civil Supplies Corporation, as was done for the Yesangi crop during the lockout last year, for this ongoing paddy purchase. Yasangi (Rabi) season is scheduled to begin on Tuesday at 6,408 procurement centers across the state. Agriculture Minister S. Niranjan Reddy will formally launch the paddy purchase at Kesamudram in Suryapet district.
To tell you for information, about 52.76 lakh acres of paddy was cultivated during the Yasangi season in the state. The total yield of paddy is estimated to be around 13.8 million tonnes, including 1.17 million tonnes of coarse variety and 21 lakh tonnes of fine variety. Out of this, the government will purchase about 8 million tonnes which will be supplied to the Food Corporation of India (FCI). While millers in the state will buy 20 lakh tonnes, seed companies will buy 10 lakh tonnes and millers from other states are likely to buy the rest of the paddy crop.
However, it should be noted here that following the instructions of the Chief Minister, the authorities have arranged for the Civil Supplies Corporation to provide a bank guarantee of Rs 20,000 crore to purchase paddy and pay the farmers as soon as possible. The officials have also arranged for about 20 crore sugarcane bags and kept them ready at the procurement centers.