Arrangements have been made to procure another 2 lakh metric tonnes of paddy from farmers, which would take the total to 46 lakh metric tonnes paddy production in kharif season.
The state government has given a counter guarantee to the corporation to obtain loans for procurement of paddy. The corporation needed more money this time due to bumper paddy crop, which was a result of multiple factors such as good rains, state government pro-farmer schemes such as Rs 10,000 per acre crop input subsidy, round-the-clock power supply and water availability from irrigation projects.
In the last kharif season, the Civil Supplies Corporation had purchased 40.41 lakh metric tonnes of paddy from 8 lakh farmers through 3,297 paddy purchase centres (PPCs).
In the kharifseason so far, 44 lakh metric tonnes paddy has been procured from over 8 lakh farmers through 3,669 PPCs with direct deposits into their bank accounts totallingRs 7,830 crore.
Civil Supplies Corporation Chairman Mareddy Srinivas Reddy said upgradation of Online Procurement Management System (OPMS) software has helped them in curbing middlemen exploiting the farmers.
“Payments are being made directly into the bank accounts of the farmers without any delay. From 2016-17 to 2019-20, over 45 lakh farmers have been paid Rs 37,000 crore in all through their bank accounts,” he said.