Tamil Nadu Farmers Association members in the district were irked over the Civil Supplies Corporation’s move of closing direct purchase centres (DPCs) when paddy is still available with farmers, sources revealed.
What irked farmers according to association Thurinjapuram union secretary G Paneerselvam was that “ruling party men paid amounts less than Rs 1,000 to farmers for paddy and then sold them to DPC at government rates which ensured a profit of Rs 900 per bag of 100 kilos. Another complaint was that the “DPCs used dubious ways to ensure that out of state paddy loads were moved directly to godowns,” said Balaraman.
“With the DPCs closed, farmers are now forced to sell to private traders who will fix very low prices which will in no way benefit us,” said Paneeerselvam.
Civil Supplies officials said the 39 DPCs closed on June 15 due to lack of arrivals. “We require 1,000 paddy bags daily and on the last day received only 4,000 bags.”
Collector KS Kandasamy said even now farmers had the option of selling their paddy through market committees (MC).