Hyderabad, Mar 30 (PTI) The Telangana Civil Supplies Department has decided to purchase an estimated 36 lakh tonnes of paddy from farmers in the coming Rabi season, a senior official said today. Also Read - Captured Chinese Soldier Who Strayed Into Ladakh Handed Over by Indian Army

Commissioner for Civil Supplies C V Anand said all arrangements are being made for purchasing paddy from farmers from the first week of April. Also Read - International Flights: Spicejet Announces Muscat-Delhi & Muscat-Ahmedabad Services From Oct 22 Under Air Bubble Pact

Anand, who held a review meeting with officials on Rabi paddy procurement at the Civil Supplies Bhavan here, said all necessary measures should be taken to see that farmers do not face any difficulty in selling paddy at Minimum Support Price. Also Read - US State Secretary Mike Pompeo, Defence Chief Mark Esper to Visit India For 2+2 Talks on Oct 26-27

“Minimum Support Price should be compulsorily paid to farmers. MSP for ordinary paddy is Rs 1,550, while for Grade A paddy it is Rs 1,590,” he said.

“In April 12.74 lakh tonnes, May 18.20 lakh tonnes and June, 5.46 lakh tonnes of paddy yield is expected. For this 3,259 Paddy Purchase Centres (PPC’s) are being arranged,” Anand said.

From the 2016-17 Kharif season paddy purchase was done through Online Procurement Management System and payments made directly to farmers accounts online to avoid involvement of middlemen.

Till last Kharif season, 72 lakh metric tonnes of paddy was purchased from 15 lakh farmers directly and payments to their respective accounts were made within four days directly, the Commissioner added.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.