Low yield: Mandi board stares at 15-20% much less income this season
Bathinda, April 21
Early rise in temperature and its subsequent opposed affect on wheat manufacturing (low yield attributable to shrivelled grain) this 12 months has not solely created dent in farmers’ earnings, however it’s set trigger a considerable income loss to the Punjab Mandi Board and the state authorities as nicely.
Owing to say no in wheat manufacturing this 12 months, the mandi board is about to lose out on sizable income on account of 6 per cent taxes; 3 per cent market charge; and three per cent rural improvement fund (RDF). Specialists say the income is anticipated to be 15 to twenty per cent much less compared to the final season.
Market charge Assortment down
Rs 47cr mandi board has constructed from market charge and assortment of RDF in Mansa up to now. The determine stood at Rs. 75.98 crore throughout the identical interval final 12 months
Rs 25.44 cr board has collected as market charge alone thus far in Bathinda. It generated Rs. 53.73 crore in the identical interval final 12 months
Furthermore, anticipating a rise in costs within the coming months, farmers have began holding their produce again in order that they will promote it to non-public gamers at greater costs later.
In Mansa district, the mandi board has garnered Rs 47 crore (with the procurement of three.90 lakh MT) until now. Final 12 months, the determine stood at Rs 75.98 crore (with the procurement of 6.38 lakh MT) throughout the identical interval.
Farmers holding again produce
A farmer usually holds again 5 to 10 quintal, however this 12 months he’s holding again 25 to 30 quintal and even greater volumes of wheat produce in a hope that costs will improve in future. —Rajnish Goel, District Mandi Officer, Mansa
District Mandi Officer (DMO), Mansa, Rajnish Goel stated: “Wheat harvest began early this 12 months. After gaining momentum lately, the wheat arrival has slowed down now. The income on account of market charge and RDF taxes is more likely to lower as much as 25 per cent this season.”
Equally, in Bathinda district, Rs 53.73 crore was generated from market charge alone final 12 months with the procurement of 9,06,885 MT wheat whereas this 12 months Rs 25.44 crore has been garnered with the procurement of 4,24,099 MT wheat.
DMO, Bathinda, Preet Kanwar Singh Brar stated: “The income on account of market charge anticipated to return down by 20 to 25 per cent this 12 months.” The state authorities had made greater than Rs 1,500 crore from taxes final 12 months.
Balwinder Sidhu, former Agricultural Commissioner, Punjab, stated, “We’re on the cusp of even an even bigger problem, it’s that of unavailability of high quality seeds for subsequent season now. Farmers have began holding high quality produce again, the federal government should make honest efforts to obtain that and germinate them to make sure high quality seed as farmers wouldn’t get it from market.