Officials told to coordinate to help farmers

By TheHindu on 21 Apr 2019 | read

There should be coordination between Agriculture, Horticulture, Marketing, Civil Supplies and Markfed departments to ensure farmers would not face any problems from cultivation, production to marketing of their produce, said Agriculture Minister Singireddy Niranjan Reddy here on Saturday.

All the above departments should formulate plans collectively and take decisions in the coordination meetings, he said.

The Agriculture Minister held a review meeting of Marketing department at the Secretariat and instructed the Director, Marketing to ensure that the departments concerned made payments to the produce procured from the farmers under the Support Price scheme. Agriculture Principal Secretary Parthasarathy, Marketing Director Lakshmi Bai and others attended the meeting.

The rental payments from Civil Supplies and Warehousing due to the Marketing Department should be recovered by convening a joint meeting, Mr. Niranjan Reddy said.

He disclosed that new markets would be constructed to shift Malakpet onion market to Patancheru, Gaddi Annaram fruit market to Koheda, Khammam Chilli market to Maddulapalli and also new market yard would be constructed in Wanaparthy. A special officer should be appointed for each market to prepare project report, mobilise funds, allocation of shops. Officers should ensure prompt collection of market fees and fake farmers should be weeded out from Rythu Bazars and facilities should be improved and prices of vegetables should be regulated, he said.

Officers informed the Minister that about 60 “Mana Kuragayalu’ stalls were supplying quality vegetables to the people in the city and they were also giving remunerative prices to the farmers. Minister asked them to set up 40 more such stalls within the stipulated time. The officers should ensure that the farmers would upload the details of the produce sold in the market yard, quantity of the produce brought to the market and the price they got into the computer.