Farmers in distress; no government money for Kharif seeding

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Hyderabad: Farmers in Telangana are facing a double problem during the current kharif season. There is no financial support yet for Rythu Bandhu while there is even a delay in payments for the paddy purchased by the government during the rabi season. They have no money for agriculture now.

Caught in a crisis, farmers are once again depending on private lenders to borrow money at higher interest rates.

It has been more than 15 days since the kharif season started on June 1. There is no indication as to when the state government will disburse the Rythu Bandhu aid of Rs 5,000 per acre to farmers’ bank accounts.

Normally, the government finalizes the list of kharif recipients in early June and releases Rs 7,500 crore in the second week and transfers the amount to farmers’ bank accounts from June 15 to June 20.

This time, the government has not yet finalized the list of beneficiaries. It also faces a shortage of funds, as the Center has imposed restrictions on bond auctions since April this year.

The government is unable to pay farmers in full for paddy bought in rabi. He started paddy sourcing on April 15 and completed the process on June 15.

The government has bought 48 lakh tons of paddy from 5,134 centers and is to pay Rs 9,397 crore to 8.45 lakh farmers. He paid around Rs 6,000 crore to nearly 6.5 million farmers. About 2 lakh farmers are waiting for the payment of almost Rs 3,400 crore according to official sources.

The government says there has been a delay in rice millers entering online the paddy stocks they received after purchase, resulting in delays in payments. Unless rice millers provide online data on the amount of stock received for milling, the government cannot make payments, the state government says.

The farmers are urging the government to at least ensure faster disbursement of the money for the purchase of paddy, if not Rythu Bandhu money, so that they can meet the farming expenses for the kharif – like for the purchase of seeds, fertilizers and other investment costs.

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