Measures to procure 45 lakh metric tonnes of grain for 2020-21

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– Provide timely minimum support price to the farmer
– We have started the process of buying grain at Kallam
 – We are distributing quality Sortex rice to the poor beneficiaries
 – Minister of State for Civil Supplies Kodali Nani

Amravati / Gudivada, May 19: State Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Minister Kodali Srivenkateswara Rao (Nani) has said that all necessary steps have been taken to procure 45 lakh metric tonnes of grain for the 2020-21 harvest season in the state.  On Wednesday, Minister Kodali Nani spoke to the media.  During the year 2017-18, 18 lakh 12 thousand 956 metric tonnes of grain was procured from farmers at a cost of Rs.  2,853.64 crore was paid.  Also in the year 2018-19 27 lakh 52 thousand 702 metric tons of grain was purchased and Rs.4, 838.03 crore and purchased 34 lakh 73 thousand 414 metric tonnes of grain in the year 2019-20 at a cost of Rs.6, 331.41 crore has been disbursed and 13 lakh 40 thousand 010 metric tonnes of grain has been procured from one lakh 15 thousand 813 farmers so far for the year 2020-21 at a cost of Rs. 2,510 crore was paid.  It is estimated that 25 lakh metric tonnes of grain will reach the purchasing centers by the 31st of this month.  For this, the farmer assurance centers have been linked to the grain purchasing centers, so that the details of 3 lakh 01 thousand 540 farmers have been registered for the purchase of grain through the village agricultural assistants.  We are providing timely minimum support price on grain to the farmer in the state.

He said that grain samples were examined by the farmer assurance centers in each village and arrangements were made to procure grain from the farmer at Kallam.  The brokerage system has been eliminated by registering the land and crop details of the farmer online through the e-crop service and comparing the respective details at the time of grain purchase.  In view of the situation created due to Covid-19, we have been procuring grain by giving coupons to every farmer through coupons without any difficulty during the purchase of grain and so far one lakh 66 thousand 814 coupons have been issued.  On the date fixed in the coupons the staff of the grain purchasing center will go to the farmer’s kallam and cut the grain and move it to the mill.  The farmer will be given a purchase receipt commensurate with the quantity of grain harvested at Kallam.  The amount included in the receipt to the farmer who sold the grain will be credited to the farmer’s bank account online.  He said Telangana and other states were ideally implementing the grain procurement process at Kallam undertaken by the Andhra Pradesh government.  He said that the grain purchased from the farmer should be forgotten in the rice mills and only the quality rice that has been sortexed should be collected and distributed to the poor beneficiaries through the public distribution system.  According to Covid, a supervisor has been appointed from the concerned departments for 20 purchasing centers at the district and field level to address the problems faced by the farmers.  Moisturizers have been set up at each farmer assurance center to test the moisture content.  In Kurnool and Anantapur districts, more grain purchasing centers have been set up than last year to provide to farmers.  Minister Kodali Nani said that due to lack of adequate milling facilities in these districts, the minimum support price was being provided without any loss to any farmer by sending it to neighboring districts.