Although this season’s paddy yield in the district has been good, space constraint in the cooperative regulated market in Ammoor has been hampering the sale, affecting farmers in the area.
Farmers in Arakkonam, Sholinghur, Ponnai, Arcot, Wallajah and Kaveripakkam in Vellore district and parts of Tiruvallur and Tiruvannamalai district resorted to a demonstration in front of the market on Tuesday, demanding more godown space and basic amenities for the farmers. Around 20,000 bags of paddy from these areas were piled up for sales in the last one week, they said.
Some of them said, they had brought the paddy from a distance of 40 to 50 km and if they had to stay here until the produce was sold, it would cost them an additional `300 to 400 per day.
Market officials said, the issue was due to large quantity of paddy that arrived. Each godown had a storage capacity of 500 tonnes. They said, the market was able to sell around 3,000 bags of paddy a day. The State had allotted `2 Cr for constructing four more godowns in the market and the work would be started after polls.