While welcoming the government’s initiative in procuring paddy, farmers have appealed to the Tamil Nadu Civil Supplies Corporation (TNCSC) to speed up the process before the paddy gets damaged in the incessant rain.
The kharif marketing season commenced on October 1, and the TNCSC opened 527 direct procurement centres across the state, which include 227 in Thanjavur, 189 in Tiruvarur, 126 in Nagapattinam and 43 in Cuddalore districts. Now it has been increased by 268 in Thanjavur district.
Meanwhile, the delta districts are witnessing moderate to heavy rain during night for the last few days. The paddy grain, which has been stocked at various direct procurement centres, is getting damaged, said the farmers. As there was no shelter at Vannarapettai procurement centre, around three to five bags of paddy were washed away in the rain water in Saturday.
“As there is huge volume of paddy waiting for procurement at the centres, we have to wait for our turn. If the government had provided proper shelter, we would not have lost paddy in the rain water. It is a usual affair that every rainy season, we lose a considerable amount of paddy,” a farmer said. Farmers are forced to wait for days for their turn. Farmers stock their paddy bags in and around the procurement centres, N Veerasekaran, state spokesperson of Bharatiya Kisan Sangam, said.
“Earlier, farmers had to bring gunny bags to collect paddy. However, nowadays as harvest is being done using machines, farmers load paddy on a truck and unload it at the procurement centres. Till the paddy is procured, it is lying on the ground exposed to rain,” he said.
Meanwhile, after visiting various procurement centres on Saturday, district collector M Govinda Rao said that 70,000 tonnes of paddy have been procured since October 1 through the centres in Thanjavur district. Around 7,000 tonnes have been procured daily and the paddy bags were shifted to the respective warehouses on 500 trucks.