Farmers can take up fine variety of paddy cultivation in Karimnagar, says Collector

K M Dayashankar

 

KARIMNAGAR: Collector RV Karnan has informed the farmers of the Karimnagar district to go in for the fine variety of the paddy, which is having good demand in the market and the rice millers are also showing interest to procure the produce during this rabi season.

At a meeting organised with the agriculture department officials to educate the farmers to take up the alternate ID crops during this rabi season in the Collectorate conference hall on Wednesday, the Collector said that the farmers falling under the command area and having water stagnation in the fields and having more moisture content in the lands could go in for paddy cultivation. These farmers could also take up seed production in their fields in collaboration with the respective seed companies, he stated.

Stating that the district was having 168 rice mills, he said that the millers have assured to purchase the fine variety of paddy and informed the farmers to cultivate only the fine variety of paddy. However, the farmers of the non-command area and taking up cultivation under the borewells and open wells to take up only ID (irrigated dry) crops such as pulses, oil seeds etc.

He said that they had made arrangements for the procurement of paddy produce of the khariff season by opening 351 procurement centres in the district. A record number of 231 procurement centres would be opened by PACS, 50 by DCMS, 62 by IKP groups and eight by the marketing department. Already, the authorities had procured about 10,000 metric tonnes of paddy from the farmers, he stated.

Additional Collector GV Shyam Prasad Lal, district agriculture officer V Sreedhar, horticulture officer Srinivas and others were also present.

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