HYDERABAD: The Chief Minister today directed the
Department of Civil Supplies, FCI , Marketing and other departments concerned
to see that maximum purchase centres are opened in all districts of the State
as required for procurement of paddy in the present kharif season. He also
directed the officials and FCI to ensure that the farmers get the Minimum
Support Price under any circumstances. Dr Rosaiah said that there should be no
complaints regarding procurement of paddy or Minimum Support Price from the
farmers at any cost. He has also asked the Railways to make available the
required rakes for movement of paddy from the go-down for making available the
The Chief Minister also directed the Agriculture
Marketing, Markfed and State Warehousing Corporation etc. to see that new
godowns are constructed and made available as required for the rabi season as
well. He said that the required godown space should be available since a record
food-grain production is expected in the State due to very good monsoon. The
Chief Minister asked the Civil Supplies Department and FCI to see that maximum
purchase centres are opened in time through IKP Groups wherever needed.
The Chief Minister was explained that during the current
Kharif Marketing Season of 2009-2010, so far 8.12 lakh tonnes of rice (44.25
lakh MTs of raw rice and 23.86 lakh tonnes of boiled rice) has been procured.
As far as procurement arrangements are concerned, under Minimum Support Price (MSP)
operations for paddy, Kharif Marketing Season commences on 1.10.2010; Paddy
starts arriving in the market from third week of October, 2010 and the
production is estimated at 213.85 lakh tones. In terms of rice, it is expected
to be around 143.28 lakh tones.
Officials informed that heavy arrivals of paddy are
expected in this Kharif season. FCI, A.P. State Civil Supplies Corporation and
the IKP Groups are in readiness to commence the Minimum Support Price (MSP)
operations from 1st October, 2010 onwards and FCI and State agencies proposes
to open 168 and 374 centres respectively, totaling 542 procurement centres.
The Chief Minister reiterated that all the Government
agencies should ensure that there should be no hardship to the farmers in
disposing of the paddy. The MSP for FAQ Paddy is Rs.1000 per quintal for
Common variety and Rs.1030 per quintal for Grade A variety; all the purchase
centres including AMCs require to be fully equipped with the gunnies, paddy
cleaners, driers, winnowing machines, calipers etc.
Dr Rosaiah directed that as has been the practice every
year, wide publicity should be given for the purchase centre location, MSP, FAQ
specifications and the schedule of dates for bringing paddy to the purchase
centres from villages to avoid rush and excessive moisture content. Millers and
traders should be directed not to purchase FAQ paddy at less than the MSP, for
non-FAQ paddy also they should purchase with the quality cuts prescribed by the
Government for this purpose.
As far as mill levy operations, levy may continue to be
75%; FCI would be the agent for collecting levy rice and proposed levy target
for 2010-11 kharif season is 90 lakh tones – 60 lakh tonnes of raw and 30 lakh
tonnes of boiled rice.This is over and above 10 lakh tones (approx) expected to
be delivered under the Custom Milled Rice.
The Chief Minister was informed that for effective
procurement operations, the FCI has made an assessment of the arrivals and for
go-down space. FCI is reported to be having a clear vacant go-down space of
2.7 lakh tones as of date; FCI is having at present 23 lakh tonnes of boiled
rice and 14 lakh tones of raw rice in their go-downs; procurement will begin
from the third week of October, 2010 and it will be heavy from November, 2010
onwards; FCI has planned for movement of 5 lakh tonnes per month – 3 lakh tones
to Kerala and Tamil Nadu and 2 lakh tones to Bihar and West Bengal. Besides,
there will be about 3 lakh tones of rice for PDS and other schemes; in
addition, FCI has also got an export order to Bangladesh from Kakinada for 3
lakh tones of boiled rice. Hence the FCI is in a comfortable position and there
will not be any non-acceptance of levy rice by the FCI during the current
kharif seasons and it would affect the purchase operations of paddy at MSP by
the rice millers, the officials said.
The A.P. State Warehousing Corporation has also assured
the Chief Minister that within 6 months or at the most by May, 2011, it would
create godown spcae for 5.56 lakh tonnes of foodgrains by taking up own
construction and also through private entrepreneurs. Dr Rosaiah asked the APSWC
to speed up the issue.
Minister Jupalli Krishna Rao, Agriculture Minister N Raghuveera Reddy,
Marketing Minister Damodar Rajanarasima, Special Chief Secretary, Agriculture,
Rachel Chatterjee, Commissioner, Civil Supplies, Sanjay Jaju, Senior General
Manager, FCI, Kalyan Chakravarthy, Commissioner, Agriculture, Sunil Sharma,
Pincipal Secretary, Agriculture Marketing, Ratna Kishore, MD, APSWC,
Balasubramaniam, MD, Markfed, Madhusudan Reddy, Secretary, Finance, T
Satyanarayana, MD, A.P. Civil Supplies Corporation, Priyadarshini and other
officials attended the meeting.