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TNCSC to operate mobile DPCs to procure paddy, A-G tells HC

The Tamil Nadu Civil Supplies Corporation (TNCSC) on Thursday knowledgeable the Madras High Court of its determination to operate mobile Direct Purchase Centres (DPCs) to procure paddy that meets the prescribed minimal high quality requirements from registered farmers. The submission was made following a suo motu public curiosity litigation petition taken up by the courtroom to forestall the harvest from getting soaked in rain.

Appearing earlier than the primary Division Bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy, Advocate General R. Shunmugasundaram stated TNCSC Managing Director V. Rajaraman had written to him on June 14, stating that the company would make preparations for working mobile DPCs in order that the harvest doesn’t get soaked earlier than the farmers might transport their produce to the 282 regulated markets within the State.

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According to the Advocate General, the regulated markets act as a bridge between farmers and merchants. They have been being managed by 26 market committees constituted beneath the provisions of the Tamil Nadu Agricultural Produce Marketing (Regulation) Act of 1987 and the statutory guidelines framed thereunder in 1991. The produce introduced to the regulated markets by the farmers have been bought to merchants by adopting a closed tender bid methodology.

While the federal government doesn’t acquire any charges from the farmers for utilizing the regulated market, 1% of the worth of the produce was collected in direction of market charge from the merchants alone. Further, a licence charge was additionally collected from merchants and the weighmen. Facilities reminiscent of storage godowns, transaction sheds, drying yards, merchants’ outlets and chilly storage gear have been made obtainable in these markets, he stated.

Loans to farmers

Further, the federal government offers pledge mortgage amenities up to ₹3 lakh to each farmer to shield them from misery sale throughout glut seasons. Small and marginal farmers might avail of pledge mortgage up to 75% of the worth of the produce and different farmers might avail up to 50% of the worth of the produce. The farmers might pledge their produce and retailer them within the godowns for a most of six months on fee of 5% of curiosity for the mortgage.

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The TNCSC too had been supplied with house on the regulated markets for procuring paddy from the farmers. The procured paddy was saved in 469 godowns, constructed within the regulated markets by Agricultural Marketing and Agri Business Department, with a capability of three.34 lakh tonnes. The authorities had on June 3 introduced that 11 extra godowns with a capability to retailer 16,000 tonnes can be established in Tiruvarur district.

Such extra amenities can be created in different districts too, primarily based on the requirement, in a phased method, he stated. As far as a news report from Chellampatti village in Usilampatti division of Madurai district which led to the suo motu proceedings, Mr. Shunmugasundaram stated there have been six regulated markets and 19 godowns with a capability to retailer 24,710 tonnes of meals grains within the district.

The Usilampatti regulated market had a storable capability of 4,800 tonnes of which solely 2,305 was occupied and the steadiness of two,495 tonnes of storage capability may very well be utilized by the farmers of Chellampatti, he stated. After recording his submissions, the judges adjourned the case by 4 weeks for submitting one other complete report and ensuring that the farmers by no means face the issue of their produce getting soaked for need of storage amenities.

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