Farmers have urged the National Cooperative Consumers’ Federation of India (NCCF) to initiate action to procure paddy in non-delta districts for ensuring a fair price to paddy cultivators.
Although the State government has, a year ago, permitted the federation to procure paddy, the federation was yet to take any initiative, said A. Nagarajan, State president, Tamil Nadu Horticulture Crop Producers Association. This delay was affecting farmers who have to market the paddy at a throwaway price.
Minimum support price and incentive should also be sanctioned to farmers.
He said a delegation of farmers from Tamil Nadu called on Ramachandra Paswan, a member of the Standing Committee for Food and Consumer Affairs, and submitted a memorandum pleading for quick action by the federation. The memorandum insisted that the federation should ensure disbursement of money, instead of cheque so that farmers could get cash immediately and meet the expenditure involved for cultivating the paddy.
Pointing out that much time has been lost in starting the procurement
process, Mr. Nagarajan demanded early action.
Last month, the federation had called for tenders from agencies or societies desirous of becoming its business associates for procuring paddy in non-delta districts.The tenders should be finalised at once so that procurement could start during the