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Centre relents after protests, paddy procurement to begin in Punjab, Haryana from Sunday

Press Reporter News Service

New Delhi, October 2

Acceding to farmers’ demand, the Centre on Saturday determined to start paddy procurement in Punjab and Haryana from Sunday (October 3).

Following a day of widespread protests over the delay in procurement, Minister of State for Shopper Affairs, Meals & Public Distribution Ashwini Kumar Choubey introduced that procurement will begin tomorrow in each the states.

The announcement got here after a gathering his assembly with Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar

“The procurement (of Kharif crops) will begin from tomorrow in Haryana and Punjab,” Choubey stated.

Rising from the assembly Khattar stated “resulting from persevering with rains the Central Authorities had postponed the procurement of paddy and bajra to October 11. Nevertheless, paddy had began arriving within the mandis resulting in calls for for procurement. After a gathering (with the union minister) immediately it was determined that the procurement will begin tomorrow”.

Paddy laying within the open at a grain market in Karnal. Press Reporter photograph: Sayeed Ahmed

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Expressing gratitude to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi for agreeing to his “private request” Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Channi stated the choice will assist in guaranteeing clean and trouble free procurement of paddy to the satisfaction of the farmers.

“On Chief Minister Charanjit Channi’s request, Centre permits Punjab to start out paddy procurement from October 3. The Chief Minister thanks Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his private indulgence to resolve this situation expeditiously,” the Punjab CMO tweeted.

The Punjab Chief Minister met PM Modi yesterday, who “assured him of early decision of this situation”.

Farmers in Punjab and Haryana immediately held protests at many locations in opposition to suspending paddy procurement, prompting the Centre to hasten the method. The

Centre had earlier determined to delay the procurement of paddy underneath MSP to October 11 in Punjab and Haryana is within the “general curiosity of farmers and customers in addition to to simply accept paddy inventory as per FAQ”.

“Procurement of paddy at excessive moisture content material is fraught with danger of improve in harm proportion of rice grain. The grain will turn into weak to shriveling, blackening, discolouration and susceptible to infestation. This may occasionally result in rejection at procurement centres and would result in misery sale of paddy and consequent loss to the farmers,” officers stated, including that the Haryana authorities had additionally written to the Centre intimating concerning the premature rain and requested for rest in Moisture Content material within the paddy.

“The higher course could be to reap the paddy crop provided after a interval of 10 days, that’s after correct maturity then the issue of moisture within the paddy grain may be minimised. Accordingly, State Authorities of Punjab and Haryana have additionally been requested to advise their companies to dry the paddy already arrived and additional produce could also be delivered to the mandi after correct drying,” the Ministry of Shopper Affairs, Meals and Public Distribution stated yesterday.

In line with officers, widespread premature showers throughout Punjab and Haryana through the second fortnight of September have affected the standing paddy crop in each the agrarian states. The utmost temperature at many of the locations has additionally been recorded beneath regular resulting from downpour.

“There was heavy downpour on September 29 and 30 in some elements of the States of Punjab and Haryana. Due to the premature rains, maturity of paddy grains is delayed,” they stated.

Quoting the Indian Meteorological Division (IMD), officers stated rainfall throughout September 2021 is 77% and 139% above regular in Punjab and Haryana, respectively.

“On the idea of moisture content material verify by FCI’s regional places of work at Punjab and Haryana, it was reported that paddy samples are having moisture starting from 18% to 22% in Punjab and 18.2% to 22.7% in Haryana in opposition to the permissible restrict of 17%.

“Accordingly, to save lots of farmers from inconvenience and to guard farmer’s curiosity, Authorities of India determined that procurement of paddy underneath MSP operation would start from October 11 in Punjab and Haryana and suggested all companies to gear up dying to assist farmers,” the ministry acknowledged yesterday.

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