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An old farmer checks his paddy stocks at Miryalaguda agricultural market yard in Nalgonda district on Friday. —
NALGONDA: The Miryalaguda Agricultural Market Yard, the biggest in the district, is full to the brim with paddy as stocks, brought by ryots in the last four days and more, although officials claim 217,901 quintals was purchased on May 11 by traders (185,473), FCI (15,388) and Civil Supplies Corporation (17,040). The purchases were in contrast to 233,032 quintals made on April 11, with traders accounting for 178,470 quintals.
A reason for such huge stocks, according to P. Prasad Rao, Assistant Director (Marketing) and in-charge secretary, is farmers bringing stocks early, as against the stipulation that no fresh purchases are made till those pending are cleared. Today no stocks were allowed. On Thursday, there were no purchases as a worker was injured in an accident.
Mr. Rao told The Hindu that 46,000 and 50,000 bags were brought by farmers on May 11 and 12 respectively. However, local electronic/print media estimate that 1.4 lakh bags were received.
According to a statement made available by the market yard, between May 2 and 12, 217,901 quintals was purchased by traders, FCI and Civil Supplies department for Rs.940-990. The percentage of purchases made by the traders on May 2, 4, 5, 6, 9. 11 and 12 was 87, 81, 90, 85, 79, 85 and 91 respectively. The average percentage of purchases made by government agencies was only 7 per cent to 8 per cent.
As their stocks are piled up, farmers are in distress, as is evident from the woes of those waiting in the yard. M. Salamma of Jaitya Thanda, a heart patient, brought 65 bags four days ago. It is yet to be rated as the paddy is discoloured. She faces food problems. In the case of G. Saidulu (80) of Molakalakaluva the rate has been fixed at Rs.940, although he maintains his paddy is of standard quality.
M .Venkanna of Thakkelapadu and M. Mattaiah of Mallaigudam brought 120 and 60 bags respectively on May 9, but their stocks are yet to be rated. Redya Naik of Kaluvalapalli grumbles that his 60 bags of paddy fetched only Rs.920 a bag.
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