Khammam: Nearly 120 paddy procurement centres are being set up in the Khammam district under the Primary Agricultural Credit Society (PACS) and Indira Kranthi Padhakam (IKP), informed State Transport Minister Puvvada Ajay Kumar, at a review meeting held on Monday with the District Collector RV Karnan and officials of various departments.
Addressing the officials, the Minister directed the officials to provide necessary facilities at the procurement centres and also make tight security arrangements at all check posts, particularly at border check posts, to stop the shifting of paddy for other States.
Informing that the paddy cultivation was taken up in about 91 hectares in the district this Kharif season, Collector RV Karnan added that nearly five lakh metric tonnes of paddy was produced. Besides setting up 120 procurement centres, 32 lakh gunny bags are also being made ready and remaining 53 lakh bags would be supplied to the centres.
Zilla Parishad Chairman Lingala Kamala Raju, Mayor Dr Papalal, Joint Collector Anurag Jayanthi, Assistant Commissioner of Police Venkat Rao, District Agricultural Officer Jhansi Laxmi Kumari, District Rural Development Project Director Indumathi, Marketing Officer Santosh Kumar, Transport Officer Krishna Reddy, Rice Millers Association president Bomma Rajeshwara Rao, Transport Contractors representatives, PACS and IKP officials attended the meeting.