Friday, May 5, 2017
Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu has directed the state machinery to take necessary steps to purchase chilli stocks.
Chandrababu Naidu who was touring in United States reviewed the issue over phone on Friday. He directed the officials to open chilli purchasing centres at Kurnool, Ongole and Chilakuluripeta. He wanted the officials to make arrangements to purchase the stocks on Saturday and Sunday also. It may be noted here that Chilli farmers lock Market Committee gates in protest against fall in price demanding justice to them.
Minister for Agriculture Somireddy Chandramohan Reddy addressing a press conference said that there was no dearth of funds. The government would implement the price support scheme to chili in Dachepalli, Nandigama, Parchuru and Kurnool. The government slashed the holiday yards from 40 days to 20 days, he said.
A maximum of Rs.1,500 per quintal would be provided to each farmer or tenant farmer who sells produce at the market yard. A ceiling of 20 quintals per each farmer was also fixed, he said. It may be recalled that Jagan launches two days ‘rythu deeksha’ .
Meanwhile, Minister for Civil Supplies Prathipati Pulla Rao Minister for Social Welfare Nakka Ananda Babu and District Collector Kona Sridhar announced that chilli procurement would be decentralized and market yards would be opened at Kurnool, Ongole etc., Pulla Rao said that the support price of Rs.1,500 per quintal would be credited directly to the accounts of the farmers. It is estimated that it will cost between Rs.250 to Rs.300 crore for the price support scheme.