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Kerala: Millers reject ‘poor’ paddy

Kerala: Millers reject ‘poor’ paddy

March 14, 2018

 

The paddy farmers of  Upper Kuttanad are in trouble as the rice mills have not been procuring paddy rice from them citing poor quality of the grain.  Over 40 tonnes of paddy rice is lying accumulated in various places, including Kumarakom and  Vechur panchayats in  Vaikom and Pulinkunnu, Thakazhy, Kavalam, Edat-hua and Punnapra  in Alappuzha district. The Supplyco which procures the rice from 29 mills in Alappuzha district and 18 in Kottayam   has to pay arrears of Rs 18 crore and Rs 12 lakh respectively to the farmers in the two districts, said Mr P.R. Salim Kumar, president of Kerala paddy farmers association.The mill owners have said that the paddy rice  lacks quality and hence have demanded excess quantity for procuring it.    Principal agricultural officer S. Jayalalitha told this newspaper that procurement has not been taking place due to the  dispute. “The mill owners insist that 1,000 paddy grain should have a  weight of 26 grams.   Otherwise, they want more grain  to compensate for the weight loss,” she said. The paddy rice does not have sufficient weight due to the  increasing acidity content in the soil, she added.  The quality is also affected by the absence of water in the paddy fields, Mr Salim Kumar added.

 

Source: https://www.deccanchronicle.com

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