By admin       2017-10-30

Minister says good demand and price is expected for the fibre crop soon. Minister for Marketing T. Harish Rao has asked the cotton farmers not to resort to distress sale of their farm produce as good demand and price is expected for the fibre crop soon. At a meeting held here on Sunday with the representatives of ginning mills, the Minister said the State government had been repeatedly requesting the Centre to relax the quality norms for procurement of cotton by the Cotton Corporation of India and purchase the produce with moisture content beyond the specified percentage as B and C grade cotton, but to no avail. Mr. Harish Rao stated that the State government had explained to the Centre that the quality of cotton had been impacted adversely due to heavy rains in September-October and requested it to relax the norms. They were still pursuing the matter with the Centre, he said. At the same time, he asked the ginning mills to purchase high quality cotton at higher price than the minimum support price of ₹ 4,320 per quintal. He also told them not to collect ‘gumasta’ and other charges from farmers and warned that penal action would be initiated against the mills which would resort to acts causing loss to farmers. The Minister assured the representatives of ginning mills that he would take the matter of incentives to the notice of Finance Minister Eatala Rajender to find a solution. He stated that CCI had already opened 80 purchase centres and with the identification of 120 ginning mills as purchase centres, the number had gone up to 200 already.

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