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Delta farmers agitated

K. Subramanian

DPCs refuse to buy paddy with excess moisture


Government urged to instruct TNCSC regional managers to accept paddy with moisture content up to

24 per cent


THANJAVUR: Farmers in the Cauvery delta region districts are agitated as the Direct Purchase Centres (DPCs) of the Tamil Nadu Civil Supplies Corporation have refused to purchase kuruvai paddy with more than 17 per cent moisture content from October 1. They say the mandate to buy paddy with moisture content up to 20 per cent ended on September 30.

The State government had only last week ordered the TNCSC to purchase paddy with moisture content up to 20 per cent at its DPCs subject to a price cut.

Besides, the government had also ordered purchase of damaged, discoloured and sprouted paddy.

A large number of farmers who brought their paddy to the DPCs on Friday were shocked when they could not sell their paddy with more than 17 per cent moisture.

As a result, some farmers had started drying the paddy on the DPC premises and other places.

A senior official of the TNCSC told The Hindu on Friday that the TNCSC wrote to the government to accept paddy with more than 20 per cent moisture content as kuruvai crop in Vennar river division would come up for harvest only in the second week of this month and the paddy would have moisture content of more than 20 per cent. The TNCSC is now offering a price of Rs.1,050 per quintal including incentive for Grade A variety paddy and Rs.1,000 per quintal for common variety with moisture content up to 17 per cent.

Last week, the government ordered the TNCSC to purchase paddy with moisture content up to 20 per cent with the following cut in the price.

For Grade A variety paddy, the price cut will be Rs.11.15 per quintal with moisture content from 17 to 18 per cent. Rs.22.35 for 18 to 19 per cent and Rs.33.55 for 19 to 20 per cent.

For common variety, the price cut will be Rs.10.65 per quintal with moisture content from 17 to 18 per cent, Rs.21.35 for 18 to19 per cent and Rs.32 for 19 to 20 per cent. Following is the price cut for damaged, discoloured and sprouted paddy:

For Grade A variety paddy: Rs.25.95 per quintal for moisture content from 17 to 18 per cent, Rs.37.10 for 18 to 19 per cent and Rs.48.30 for 19 to 20 per cent moisture content.

For common variety paddy: Rs.24.65 per quintal for moisture content from 17 to 18 per cent, Rs.35.35 for 18 to 19 per cent and Rs.46 for 19 to 20 per cent.

S. Ranganathan, Secretary of the Cauvery Delta Farmers’ Welfare Association, told The Hindu on Friday that harvest of kuruvai paddy, especially in Vennar division areas of Tiruvarur and Nagapattinam districts, was yet to commence and it will come up for harvest only during the time of northeast monsoon which is expected to set in within 10 days.

More than one lakh acres will come up for harvest in Tiruvarur and Nagapattinam districts till end of November and the harvested paddy will have more than 20 per cent moisture content, he said.

He appealed to the government to take immediate steps and instruct the TNCSC regional managers to accept paddy with moisture content up to 24 per cent with usual cut in the price in all the DPCs in the Cauvery delta.

Any delay will cause hardship to the farmers, he said.

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