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Price support approved for red gram procurement in Telangana

Hyderabad: The Union Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare has conveyed its approval for implementation of the Price Support Scheme (PSS) for red gram grown in Telangana during Kharif 2017.

In a written communication addressed to the NAFED as well as Commissioner for Agriculture C Paratha Sarathi, the Union Ministry gave its consent for procurement of 33,500MT of red gram in the State during Kharif marketing season 2017-18. The procurement has to be done within 60 days starting from December 1.

The Centre’s approval comes in the wake of the State’s representation for PSS as red gram growers were not getting remunerative price in the State during the current season.

Meanwhile, Paratha Sarathi on Friday directed all district collectors to identify red gram procurement centres, review the market situation with officers concerned during the first week of December, assess the time of arrivals into markets and other requirements necessary in the markets.

The Secretary said that at present, the market price of red gram was less than Rs 4,000 per quintal in the entire State, which is well below the Minimum Support Price (MSP) of Rs 5,450 per quintal declared by the Union government for Kharif 2017-18. “In this connection, the administration has to gear up for full-fledged procurement throughout the season to protect farmers’ interest,” Paratha Sarathi said, adding that during the last season in the State, a record quantity of 2.04 lakh metric tons of red gram was procured from 2.03 lakh farmers at a cost of Rs 1,030 crore in 98 centres.

The official cotton procurement in the State was going on smoothly with both Cotton Corporation of India (CCI) and private traders actively involved in the purchase.

He said the CCI had so far procured 1.124 lakh metric tonnes of cotton while private traders had purchased around 3.859 lakh metric tonnes. “The second picking of cotton has now started and the arrivals to the market may also increase due to relatively good market trend,” he said, and alerted all district administration to make elaborate arrangements. He also asked them keep track of delays in Markfed payments to farmers.

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