SANGAREDDY:Irrigation and marketing minister T Harish Rao said godowns and market yards are being constructed with Rs 196 crores in the district.
Minister inaugurated cotton purchase centre setup by Cotton Corporation of India (CCI) at Siddipet cotton market yard on Saturday. Speaking on the occasion he said 42 godowns with the capacity of 2.30 lakh metric tonnes are being constructed with the cost of Rs 138 crores. In a similar vein, 107 market yards are being developed with Rs 58.96 crores. Harish said, three godowns are being constructed with the capacity of 30 metric tonnes with Rs 18 crores and marketing development works are under way with Rs 9.16 crores. He said agricultural department has made a assessment that 8.30 lakh quintals of cotton could be produced in 2015-16 Kharif season in the district and government have made arrangement for purchase of cotton in this season. Minister said cotton purchase centres are being setup by the CCI at Siddipet, Zahirabad, Gajwel, Sadasivpet, Jogipet, Vatpally, Thoguta market yards in the district. He said cotton will be purchased by these centres from farmers at a cost of 4100 rupees per quintal.
The irrigation minister asked farmers to refrain from bring cotton that exceeds 8 percent moisture level. But if they do, Rs 41 will be decreased per percent, and if it crosses the 12 percent mark, the cotton will not be purchased. Siddipet MPP Yadaiah, Chinna Kodur MPP Pratap Reddy, Marketing, cotton corporation of India officials, local public representatives were present.
Earlier, Minister inaugurated the purchase centre at Gajwel market yard.