Money Problem Faced By Paddy Cultivators in Kuttanad

Published on: 03 Jun, 2014
Published under: Kerala Agriculture News

Paddy Cultivators of Kuttanad town have been facing the financial crisis due to the government’s failure to disburse the price of the paddy procured from them.

The paddy harvest in this part of the State began in the first week of March. Though the government had started procuring threshed paddy from the peasants from March first week itself, promising to give them its price in the next 10 days, the farmers have not yet received the money.

Now, the farmers have to prepare the water-rich fields for the next crop. Financial crisis has left many of them a dejected lot. Many small-scale farmers begin cultivation with the seed money borrowed from moneylenders or private financial institutions.

The Kerala State Civil Supplies Corporation (Supplyco) had procured as much as 73,445 quintal of paddy from the Upper Kuttanad reaches of Peringara, Niranom, Kadapra, Nedumpram, Kuttoor, and parts of the Thiruvalla municipality at a rate of Rs.19 a kg.


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