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Paddy growers move on to the next task

Staff Reporter

Flurry of activity at fields as they dry, winnow the produce


Crop in over 2 lakh acres is either partially or heavily damaged

Ambiguity in measuring moisture at IKP purchase centres a cause for worry




In jitters:A farmer drying up the paddy damaged in rain at Kovvali in Denduluru mandal of West Godavari district on Sunday.

ELURU: Paddy growers are gradually coming to terms with the loss caused by unseasonal rain. A flurry of activity was witnessed on Sunday in the fields and open spaces, where farmers were seen drying up and winnowing the produce. The clear sky and the bright sun came in handy for the growers to carry out the task. B. Balaram of the Andhra Pradesh Rytu Sangham said that crop in over 2 lakh acres was either partially or heavily damages during the rain. Around 40 per cent of the crop was already harvested. Paddy, which was reaped, reported higher levels of moisture ranging between 25 and 28 per cent. In addition, the rains led the moisture levels to shoot up further. The immediate task before the growers was to let it dry so as to bring down the moisture levels to meet the fair average quality (FAQ) specifications of the Food Corporation of India. As per the specifications, the produce in which the moisture does not exceed 17 per cent is sold at minimum support price (MSP) of Rs. 772 per 75 kg for fine variety.

Exploitation alleged

Peasant leaders at a miller-farmer joint meeting convened by Collector G. Vani Mohan on Saturday lamented that the millers were exploiting the farmers on the pretext of moisture. The millers had allegedly been imposing a cut of Rs. 10 for every one per cent of the moisture beyond the stipulated 17 per cent mark.

The IKP-run paddy purchase centres draw flak from the growers for reported ambiguity in measuring moisture. The IKP organisers were allegedly refusing to accept the produce with moisture more than 11 per cent, saying the moisture level measured at 11 per cent by the machines at their centres was equal to that of the stipulated 17 per cent recorded by the machines available with the millers.

The farmers highlight the need to bring about uniformity in recording moisture by the paddy purchase centres so as to avoid utter confusion among them.

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