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Open paddy procurement centres at rice mills: Joint Collector

Staff Reporter

GUNTUR: Joint Collector A Sarath ordered that 328 paddy procurement centres be opened at rice mills in the district and purchases be made at a price not less than Rs 1,030 per quintal which is the minimum support price (MSP) stipulated by the government.

Stringent action will be taken against the millers who buy the food grains for less than the MSP and there will be no hesitation in closing the mills for failing to adhering to the guidelines.

Mr. Sarath,in a meeting with the rice millers, said 30 procurement centres were opened by the Food Corporation of India and the Civil Supplies Corporation (12 and 18 respectively).

Old rice

He said the millers have agreed to purchase a 75 kilo bag of BPT old variety rice for Rs 1,050 and a 100 kilo bag for Rs 1,400. Old rice was being sold to the consumers in 107 counters, for which 1,090 quintals were readied.

Three hundred quintals were supplied to 30 counters and the balance would be dispatched in the next few days. Consumers could buy rice in these counters for prices which were Rs 5 - 7 less than the open market prices.

Joint Director of Agriculture Y Pulla Reddy, district Civil Supplies Officer Krishna Rao, State Civil Supplies Corporation manager Jayaram, assistant director of Marketing Venkateswara Reddy and others were present. 

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