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Increase in paddy arrivals at civil supplies corporation outlets

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THANJAVUR, NOV. 4. Arrival of kuruvai paddy at the Direct Purchase Centres (DPCs) of the Tamil Nadu Civil Supplies Corporation (TNCSC) in Thanjavur and Tiruvarur districts has increased thanks to the relaxation in moisture content announced by the State Government.

According to J. Radhakrishnan, Thanjavur Collector, paddy with moisture content up to 20 per cent is purchased at the 60 DPCs in the district. Previously paddy with moisture content up to 17 per cent alone was purchased. With the relaxation in the norm, farmers whose paddy was affected in the rains could sell it now in the DPCs.

Farmers of Vinnamangalam and four other villages in Tiruvaiyaru panchayat union were today busy selling their paddy at the DPC at Vinnamangalam. Many farmers dry the paddy and clean it using machines before selling it. Because of this moisture content was maintained at 19 per cent.

8,116 tonnes purchased

According to the Collector, the DPCs have so far purchased 8,116 tonnes of kuruvai paddy. Yesterday, the arrivals were of the order of 640 tonnes. On an average 500 tonnes of paddy is procured per day in Thanjavur .

In Tiruvarur, a total of 2,556 tonnes of paddy has so far been procured through 59 DPCs. Average arrival per day is of the order of 312 tonnes.

The Government had announced a new price structure depending upon the moisture content in the paddy.

Collector's DPC visit

The Collector visited the DPC at Arasur near Thanjavur today. He measured the moisture content in the paddy brought by a farmer and found it to contain 20 per cent moisture. He asked the DPC staff to purchase the paddy. He also instructed them not to reject paddy with moisture content more than 20 per cent but make the farmers dry it and purchase when the moisture content was up to 20 per cent.

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