Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh Wednesday decided to
permit export of raw rice from the state for a limited period
of two months with periodic monitoring of price.
The government also decided to permit export of boiled
rice without any conditions, in a step aimed at ensuring
minimum support price to farmers on their Rabi produce.
The decisions were taken at a high-level review meeting
chaired by Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy here Wednesday.
Officials informed the Chief Minister that total
production of rice during 2010-11, both in Rabi and Kharif
seasons, was expected to be 140.65 lakh tonnes, marking an
increase of 32.27 lakh tonnes in 2009-10.
Food Corporation of India, State Civil Supplies
Corporation and women self-help groups opened a total of 1187
purchase centres and procured 1,10,620 tonnes of paddy so far.
The Chief Minister directed the authorities to prepare a
detailed procurement plan taking into account the availability
of storage space.
"Everyone concerned with the procurement operations
should ensure that farmers get minimum support price on their
produce. The respective district collectors and joint
collectors should monitor this," he added.
Civil Supplies Minister D Sridhar Babu, Marketing
Minister M Mukesh Goud, Chief Secretary S V Prasad and other
senior officials attended the meeting.