Konda Vishweshwar Reddy
FORMER MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT
16th 10K SABHA
Sri. Singireddi Niranjan Reddy,
Minister for Agriculture & Marketing, Co-operative,
Government of Telangana.
Sub: Paddy Procurement and Gunny Bags Distribution
Dear Minister Niranjan Reddy garu,
I wish to bring to your notice that the farmers across Telangana state are facing problems at paddy procurement centres due various reasons.
The government has promised to purchase the entire produce from farmers, yet in many centres, as on this data there are still queues of tractor trailers and lorries loaded with paddy, awaiting procurement. Added to this problem the monsoon rains have begun damaging the paddy. While lack of funds may be one of the reasons, among the many reasons for the procurement, lack of infrastructure and lack of logistics facilities clearly visible at the centres. Because of the delay in procurement due to above said reasons farmers are resorting to extreme acts, in the month of May a middle aged farmer attempted suicide by consuming pesticide due to delay in procuring his crop at Nelakondapalli market in Khammam district, later in Palepally village of Donna mandal in Ranga Reddy district, farmers burnt paddy crop bags. Due to the delayed procurement, crop is getting soaked as the monsoon already arrived. Not availability of space in godowns is evident, the government has not made necessary arrangement of enough Tarpaulins at centers which is becoming additional financial burden on farmers. Norms pertaining to Paddy Procurement Scheme are being violated at centres because of poor implementation. Lacuna in gunny bags distribution is yet another problem being faced. Considering the issues said above, kindly instruct the officials to resolve issues immediately for the relief of the farmers in distress.
We developed a simple and low cost method of wrapping the paddy filled gunny bags with plastic Stretch Film to protect them from rain damage. Please have this method of paddy bags protection and promote it extensively to protect our paddy from min, both before procurement. In places where there is shortage of godown space, paddy in gunny bags can be stored outside using this technique.
Lastly please discuss and review with the finance minister and the irrigation minister regarding the priorities in funds allocation for crop procurement, its infrastructure and “Gravity defying” irrigation projects. Many of us feel that lakhs of crores being diverted to big projects, instead of thousands of crores allocated to crops procurement, its infrastructure and agriculture development, is not in the best interests of the farmers of Telangana.
Konda Vishweshwar Reddy