In Telangana the Civil Supplies Department has procured a total of 45 lakh metric tons -LMT of paddy till Wednesday during 2016-17 including 17 LMT in Kharif and 28 LMT in Rabi season.
In the coming 20 days, the department would procure about 10 to 15 LMT more paddy, Civil Supplies Commissioner CV Anand said. He informed that during 2010-11 Rabi season only 17 LMT of paddy was purchased in Telangana region but this year’s Rabi season till now 28 LMT of paddy has been purchased.
A total of 2,200 crore rupees had been paid to five lakh farmers through online for the purchase of 28 lakh metric tons of paddy from 3,020 purchase centres in Telangana state, Anand said.
From next Kharif season onwards more purchase centres will be opened in all 31 districts.
The procurement of paddy was exceeded as against their expectations in the state in 2016-17, he added.