IKP centre beneficial for farmers

Published on May 17, 2015 02:25:31 AM
IKP [Indira Kranthi Padakam] Sundilla centre buys and transports 1,000 to 1,500 quintals of paddy every day. Local farmers of Mustyala and Sundilla feel very happy to get minimum selling price on paddy, said Jengama Tara village organiser.

The approximate quantity of paddy, this crop season might be 15,000 to 20,000 quintals. Minimum price is decided by the State government in association with civil supplies, the current price in the centre being, Rs 1,400 for A grade paddy [seed 1016, 64] and Rs 1,360 for common grade [seed 1001] said Assistant Project Manager Rani.

The minimum price has eradicated the local brokers who used to purchase paddy for Rs 900 per quintal before this centre was started. Transparency in buying and payments made us happy but as a farmer, who solely depends on cultivation of food grains and seasonal threats, the government’s minimum price does not offer a better life any more. As the Chief Minister and Prime Minister are dreaming of smart villages and technical advancements in livelihood, they should have thought of a better price for crops, for farmers to earn independently.

As 30 hectares of cultivation with Rs 6 lakhs investments in this season, I could not meet my child’s educational expenses, said Gaddam Nagaraju. If grade A quality rice is for Rs 1,800, with common grade for Rs 1,500 and PBT type paddy for Rs 2,500, it would be beneficial for many farmers.

Sundilla centre is running in association with Ambedkar Sangam as the Village Organiser, which is gathering all local women groups. The person shall be paid 2.5 per cent of commission on total quintals, with labour charges between Rs 150 to 200 paid to the committee appointed by the VO. This collection yard occupied 500 quintals every day after in and outlet dispatching, online entry of selling and pricing.

IKP pays the farmer through bank account within two or three bank days. This purchased paddy goes for milling, customising and will be transported to local food corporation go-downs, necessary for the welfare programmes. Transparency through local and government bodies, integration and online purchasing restored hope in the industry, said Assistant Project Manager Rani.