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VIJAYAWADA: The State Government has made arrangements to purchase entire paddy from the farmers in the district in next 15 days, according to Civil Supplies Commissioner Harpreeth Singh.
The Commissioner reviewed the procurement situation in the district on Sunday.
Later, addressing the media, he said that about 5 lakh metric tonnes of paddy was procured through millers and IKP groups in the district.
Of this, 50,000 metric tonnes was purchased by millers from other districts, while 23,000 tonnes was procured through IKP groups, and 4.55 lakh tonnes through millers from the district, he said, adding, it ensured Minimum Support Price (MSP) to the farmers.
The government was preparing action plan and making arrangements for ensuing Kharif season to ensure that the farmers would not face any hardships.
As many as 30 rakes would be taken from FCI every month to store the procured paddy.
A silo with a capacity of 60,000 MT at Uppaluru would be taken on rental basis, he said, adding, it would be available in another two days.
Referring to complaints, the Commissioner said that they received 23 complaints from the farmers on paddy purchases and procurements. Necessary action would be initiated against the erring officials or staff after conducting inquiry, he added.
District Collector S.A.M. Rizvi, Joint Collector Gaurav Uppal and others were present.
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