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CCI to set up 11 cotton procurement centres in Khammam

Karnan held a meeting with Agriculture Market Committees chairmen, vice chairmen, secretaries, agriculture, marketing, transport and fire departments along with ginning mills owners here on Tuesday to review arrangements for cotton procurement.

Khammam: About 2,26,136 metric tonnes of cotton production was expected this season in the district, informed the District Collector RV Karnan.

The extent of cotton was increased in the vanakalam season. The crop was grown in about 1, 01, 675 hectares of land. Officials concerned should make arrangements for cotton procurement based on the expected production figures, he said.

Karnan held a meeting with Agriculture Market Committees chairmen, vice chairmen, secretaries, agriculture, marketing, transport and fire departments along with ginning mills owners here on Tuesday to review arrangements for cotton procurement.

He told the officials to make arrangements for smooth procurement of cotton by Cotton Corporation of India (CCI) at 11 centres being set up at all market yards at Madhira, Nelakondapalli, Enkoor, Wyra, Khammam and other places in the district.

The Collector wanted every centre to be equipped with required facilities such as moisture testing machines and weighing machines. Covid-19 guidelines have to be followed strictly during the procurement season at all the markets.

Marketing officials have to procure and make ready the required number of computers and other machinery to ensure speedy procurement so that farmers need not wait for long hours.
During the last procurement season CCI procured 10.07 lakh quintals of cotton, since production was expected to increase the procurement should also be increased, Karnan suggested.

Similarly, in this season steps were being made to procure 4.60 lakh metric tonnes of paddy. As many as 343 procurement centres by IKP, PACS, DCMS and Agriculture Market Committees would be set up.

This time the marketing department would also set up 20 procurement centres. In last season there were four sectors and this time the number was increased to eight. Four hundred trucks (fifty vehicles for every sector) have to be made available for transportation.

Care has to be taken to ensure adequate supply of gunny bags, Karnan added. A wall poster prepared by the marketing department on dos and don’ts during cotton procurement was released on the occasion.

Additional Collectors Snehalatha M and N Madhusudhan Rao, Marketing Officer Nagaraju, District Agriculture Officer Vijaya Nirmala, Khammam Market Committee Chairman M Venkata Ramana and Rythu Bandhu Samithi coordinator N Venkateswar Rao were present.


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