TRICHY: The Tamil Nadu Civil Supplies Corporation (TNCSC) has opened 26 Direct Procurement Centres (DPCs) across Trichy district to purchase samba paddy raised at around 1.03 lakh acres. Following the demand put forward by the farming community, the district administration has established the centres in seven blocks, where harvest is on.
As per the new procurement price fixed by the state government, farmers would get Rs1,660 including Rs70 as increment for A grade variety and Rs1,550 including Rs50 as increment price for common variety. For both varieties, the allowable moisture is fixed as 17 per cent.
Officials are expecting more arrivals from next week. To serve the farmers better, the district administration has also decided to open 10 more DPCs across the district wherever required in phase II.
Paddy harvest in Trichy district has crossed in 3,000 acres. In Trichy, farmers have raised samba crop in 1.03 lakh acres. Of which majority of farmers are from Anthanallur, Manikandam, Thiruverumbur, part of Musiri, part of Thottiam, Manachanallur, Pullambadi and Lalgudi area. The meagre area in non-delta included Manaparai, Marungapuri, Vaiampatti, Thuraiyur and Uppiliapuram.
"Harvest has so far been completed in around 3,000 acres. Farmers have raised paddy variety DPT 5204 in large areas", an official from agriculture department said.
When contacted, officials from TNCSC said that DPCs have been opened in seven blocks including 11 centres in Lalgudi block alone. "The government has not fixed any target for procurement. Although the district collector had announced 36 DPCs in phase I, if needed any number of centres can be opened in phase II," regional manager of TNCSC V Senthilkumar said.