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On crop procurement e-way in Haryana, long wait for farmers, delayed payment

Written by Pallavi Singhal
| Panchkula |

October 23, 2020 2:34:00 pm


Farmers thrash paddy at Shahpur village of Raipur Rani. (The Press Reporter picture by Jaipal Singh)

For the final 5 days, Aman Rana and his father have been tenting on the Barwala Mandi in shifts, taking accountability of defending their 350 quintals of paddy harvest as they await for his or her cellphone to beep with a message, informing them of the date when authorities procurement companies will decide up their produce.

Rana had registered on-line, through the e-Khareed (Haryana) within the final week of September, to promote his produce. He had obtained a confirmatory message however is but to obtain the one other one with the pickup date.

Despite the fact that the Panchkula district administration claims of getting procured 90 per cent of the harvest, numbers accessed from the Haryana State Agricultural advertising and marketing Board present a spot of at the least 20 per cent exists between the overall harvest registered on-line and the quantity procured by the federal government.

Whereas 7,252 paddy farmers of Panchkula have registered 32,736 acres of land through the portal, which roughly quantities to a pick-up of roughly 10 lakh quintals of paddy, the district authorities have procured solely about 8.Three lakh quintals as on Thursday.

The overall procurement final yr at the moment stood at greater than 10.27 lakh quintals.

In the meantime, the state is but to make funds to those that have been fortunate sufficient to get their produce picked up by the federal government. As per an official of the state agricultural advertising and marketing board, “No funds have but been made to any farmers in Panchkula. Just some quantity was launched to the Panchkula market committee until October 3. We have no idea what’s inflicting the delay in funds, such selections are made at authorities ranges,” he mentioned. The HAFED is alleged to have launched solely Rs 5.75 crore, which is but to be credited into the accounts of the farmers.

Whereas the introduction of self-dependence by way of web sites has been a welcome transfer, farmers are nonetheless making an attempt to deal with the brand new strategies. All villages, which have mandis now have at the least one devoted cyber cafe, which is being utilized by farmers solely to register their produce on the federal government web site.

PK Das, Extra Chief Secretary for Meals, Civil Provides and Shopper Affairs, bats for the web system. “It has three parts. The very first is registration by farmers that informs us of the crop he has planted and its acreage.

We confirm it to make sure that he has truly cultivated what he’s claiming. Then we schedule the farmer to come back to a mandi on a specific date. Earlier, farmers would swamp the mandis and it used to take them days to promote their produce. Now that we all know what number of farmers are being known as to mandi, the logistics preparation to satisfy the arrival is accomplished beforehand. On the mandi, the procurement itself is completed through an e platform. Ranging from gate-pass to public sale and the dispatch to warehouses, the whole lot is completed by way of e-khareed, which is accessible to the procuring company, advertising and marketing committee and procuring agent dealing with the farmer’s produce,” he mentioned.

The farmers, nevertheless, will not be impressed.

“The guide system was a lot simpler. You harvest your produce as and if you deem match, take it to the mandi and promote it off. The arhtiya (fee agent) would pay you then and there with none trouble of ready round for the funds to come back from the federal government. With the present regime, the place dates are given to you prematurely, farmers have been all of the extra burdened. Typically the machine you lease out for slicing the crops is unavailable, different occasions you miss the deadline as you might be out of city amongst different causes. This timeline has created troubles nobody has options to. Furthermore, even after giving out the produce to the federal government, farmers haven’t acquired a single rupee credited to their accounts,” says Narinder Singh, pradhan of farmers from Barwala space of Panchkula.

This hole between state farmers and an internet governance has created a lot trouble for these awaiting cost for his or her crops. Ramesh Chand, proudly owning nearly 20 acres of land in village Parvala of Raipurrani had handed over his produce on the Raipurrani mandi nearly three weeks again however is but to obtain his due cost. Within the meantime, the farmer has needed to take cash on mortgage to sow the following produce. “I had waited for cost for nearly per week earlier than taking it on mortgage from an arhtiya. I would not have any choices. I might have misplaced treasured time in sowing potatoes. I’m nonetheless ready for the federal government to pay for my produce,” Chand mentioned.

The delay comes regardless of assurances from the Centre concerning the cost of produce inside three days of procurement.

The sluggish procurement is one other issue that has left the farmers of the realm dejected. Om Prakash (58), a farmer who hails from Batour village of Barwala has been sitting on the mandi for greater than per week now. “I used to be initially advised that moisture content material within the produce was too excessive. It took me three to 4 days to dry it off. Since then, I’ve been sitting right here. The arhtiya tells me that there’s some concern within the registration of crops for the reason that web is distributing solely restricted variety of parchis (slips).”

Das makes it clear that “registration doesn’t imply that everytime you flip up, you’re going to get a gatepass”. The senior officer mentioned that registration needs to be adopted by scheduling and thus relying on the capability of mandi, farmers are invited on explicit days by way of SMS. “Solely these farmers are imagined to go to mandi. Once they attain mandi, they’re issued default gate go on the gate. If someone turns up with out invitation and we entertain them, then all people else would begin reaching mandis with out following the schedule, defeating the entire function,” he added.

On delay in funds, he mentioned that the the federal government had promised to clear the dues inside three days of the approval of the i-form or the acquisition doc. “The acquisition type will get accredited inside 4 days from the date of buy. So, by the seventh day, we make the funds. We have now already cleared dues upto October 10”, he mentioned.

Das accepted that the federal government is operating late by a couple of days in clearing the dues, however added that “we’ve additionally promised the farmer, that we’ll pay curiosity for the times the cost is delayed”.

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