Minister asks millers to buy damaged paddy from ryots

VIJAYAWADA: In an attempt to bail out the rain-hit farmers of Krishna district, school education minister K Pardha Saradhi up discoloured paddy from the ryots. Reviewing paddy procurement with officials and millers here on Thursday, Saradhi said that 30,000 to 35,000 metric tonnes of discoloured paddy is lying with the farmers.

“The farmers are in deep trouble. It would be a deadly blow to them if the millers do not pick the partially-damaged stocks,” he said. He directed joint collector Gourav Uppal to monitor the procurement by the millers. The total output in the district would be around 14 lakh metric tonnes and picking up 30,000 MT of discoloured paddy should not be a big issue for the millers, the minister noted. He appealed to the farmers not to go for distress sale. He also asked the millers to approach officials or him if they face any trouble from the FCI authorities.