Department to purchase paddy from farmers

The Karnataka Food and Civil Supplies Corporation will purchase paddy from farmers in Udupi district at support prices announced by the government.

The decision was taken at a Task Force meeting chaired by in-charge deputy commissioner Prabhakar Sharma. The paddy will be purchased from farmers  at APMC yards in Udupi, Karkala, and Kundapur from January 5.

The Central government will provide support prices of Rs 1080 per quintal for ordinary paddy and 1110 for a quintal for ‘A’ grade paddy. In the meantime, the State government has decided to provide Rs 250 per quintal paddy. As a result, the farmers will get Rs 1,330 per quintal for ordinary paddy and 1,360 per quintal for ‘A’ grade paddy. The Support Price Scheme will be available only till March 31, 2012.

The paddy will be purchased from only those farmers who have been certified by the revenue farmers. A maximum of 100 quintal will be purchased from a farmer.

The farmers should produce RTC records during the purchase. Those not having RTCs should produce a certificate from Village Accountants. If the paddy did not meet quality, it will be rejected.

Paddy would be purchased directly from farmers and there is no scope for middlemen. The farmers should get paddy in 50 kg bag. A sum of Rs 10 would be paid to every bag the farmer gets. The farmers will get cheque withihn a week for the paddy purchased.

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