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FCI to open 3 direct paddy procurement centres in Karaikal


FCI to open 3 direct paddy procurement centres in Karaikal

Puducherry Feb 14 (PTI): The Food Corporation of India (FCI) would operate three direct paddy procurement centres in

Karaikal region as per the directive of the Centre, Puducherry Agriculture and Electricity Minister R Kamalakannan

said on Friday. As per the directive of the Union Food, Consumer

Affairs and Public Distribution Ram Vilas Paswan, the FCI would operate the procurement centres to directly purchase

paddy from farmers in the region. He said the target set for Karaikal region through

procurement system during this year was 30,000 tonnes and the immediate procurement would be 10,000 tonnes.

Kamalakannan, basically an agriculturist, hails from Tirunallar in Karaikal region.

He said the procurement centres would be located on the premises of the Karaikal Cooperative Marketing Committee, the

Modern Rice Mill in Thennangudiand on the premises of the Primary Cooperative Agricultural Society in Neduncadu in the

region. He said this was the first time after a gap of 10 years

that the FCI would procure the paddy in the Union Territory and thanked the Chief Minister V Narayanasamy for the

initiative taken to relieve the farmers of their difficulty in dispensing with the produce.

Kamalakannan appealed to the farmers of Karaikal to make use of this arrangement and sell their produce at the minimum

support price fixed by the Centre. On February 12 during the one-day session of the

assembly, the Minister had alleged that the Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi was standing in the way of the FCI

embarking upon procurement of paddy at a time when the farmers were finding it difficult to sell the bumper crop in the

region.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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