Per hectare paddy yield up, but state misses 190-LMT procurement goal

Per hectare paddy yield up, but state misses 190-LMT procurement goal



Tribune Information Service

Ruchika M Khanna

Chandigarh, November 17

Paddy manufacturing in Punjab has elevated this yr, with crop yield going up by over 50 kg per hectare. Nevertheless, the procurement of paddy has decreased by practically seven lakh metric tonnes.

Final yr, the entire paddy procurement from Punjab was 186.85 lakh metric tonnes (LMT). This yr, until date, the paddy procurement is simply 180.51 lakh metric tonnes, in opposition to a goal of procuring 190 lakh metric tonnes crop set by the federal government.

Outdoors paddy not bought this yr

  • The state authorities stated the rationale for a dip in procurement was as a result of no paddy from outdoors the state was bought in Punjab mandis like earlier than
  • Farmers and fee brokers stated many non-basmati varieties cultivated within the state have been a sizzling favorite with personal consumers in Haryana

Regardless of a hike in minimal help worth (MSP), the outgo for buy of paddy this yr is Rs 34,000 crore, in opposition to Rs 36,623.64 crore final yr.

Because the procurement season ended at this time, questions are being raised concerning the motive for the low paddy procurement this yr. Whereas the state authorities blamed it on the truth that this yr, no paddy from outdoors the state was bought in Punjab mandis, farmers and fee brokers within the state say that many non-basmati paddy varieties cultivated within the state have been a sizzling favorite with personal consumers hailing from Haryana, who have been exporting these on a premium.

“As in opposition to the MSP of Rs 2,060 per quintal, the varieties PR 106 and PR 126 have fetched farmers’ costs starting from Rs 3,500 to Rs 2,130 per quintal. With the Russia-Ukraine conflict pushing up international meals costs and demand, these varieties are reportedly being purchased by exporters in Haryana,” defined Harbans Singh Rosha, a number one fee agent on the largest grain market in Khanna.

“This yr, the crop chopping experiments have witnessed a 54 kg per hectare improve in yield of paddy, as in comparison with the yield throughout the earlier yr,” confirmed the Director, Agriculture, Gurwinder Singh.

It’s learnt that over 2,000 crop chopping experiments in 23 districts have been carried out. The outcomes of practically 75 per cent of those experiments have proven that paddy yield this yr is 6,532 kg per hectare. Final yr, the yield was 6,478 kg per hectare. The rise in yield is regardless of the inclement climate witnessed simply earlier than harvesting was to begin and a virus infestation on the crop.

Officers within the state authorities, explaining the rationale for decrease procurement regardless of larger manufacturing, say that until final yr, giant portions of paddy have been bought at costs decrease than the MSP from different states and bought on the MSP in Punjab. This might result in larger paddy procurement, they stated.

“Nevertheless, the procurement is decrease this yr as the federal government acted strictly in opposition to the malpractice,” stated a senior officer within the Meals and Provide Division.





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