Food minister R Kamaraj on Saturday said that the meeting is to be conducted following the demands put forth by the farming community. “Officials from all concerned departments will participate in the meet. Farmers can express their views and air their grievances during the meeting,” the minister added.
Before announcing procurement policy of kharif season, the state government would convene a tripartite meeting, where agriculture and food minister, Tamil Nadu Civil Supplies Corporation (TNCSC) MD, collectors of delta districts, officials from the agriculture department, Regional Managers of TNCSC and representatives of farmers’ associations would participate.
Chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami has instructed to open maximum number of direct procurement centres (DPCs) to meet the requirements of farmers, Kamaraj said.
“Without waiting for the Union government to announce minimum support price (MSP), Tamil Nadu government has been announcing incentive for paddy,” he added.
During the first phase, a total of 50 DPCs were opened in Nagapattinam district for this kharif season 2019-20. In Tiruvarur, 210 centres and in Thanjavur 52 centres were opened. Around 139 more centres would be opened on January 20 in Nagapattinam. Around 150 centres would be established in Thanjavur also, sources said.
Meanwhile, farmers have appealed that to avert irregularities in DPCs, the state government should resume the earlier practice of mobile purchase – procuring paddy from the farmer’s field itself.
Along with the centres, the Tamil Nadu Civil Supplies Corporation (TNCSC) should also begin procuring paddy in the field itself. It would help the farmers to avoid transportation cost. Farmers said that when they approach DPCs, they are forced to wait for days till their turns come. Sometimes, grains may get wet if it would rain, the secretary of Thanjavur District Cauvery Farmers Protection Association, Swamimalai S Vimalnathan said.