Government launches kharif procurement in Haryana, Punjab

In an try to placate farmers agitating versus a few farm-linked legislations, the Centre has made a decision to advance paddy procurement in the 2020-21 Kharif advertising year (KMS) in Punjab and Haryana.

In an formal statement issued here on Saturday, the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Meals and General public Distribution mentioned it would commence procurement of paddy in the two north Indian States from Saturday, ahead of October one, the date set for commencing procurement throughout the country in any other case.

“…in look at of early arrival of paddy in the mandis of Haryana and Punjab. Governing administration of India has appeared the graduation of procurement functions for paddy/rice promptly in each these States from today, i.e. with influence from twenty sixth September 2020 to assure that farmers are facilitated in marketing their make at Minimal Support Price tag (MSP) expeditiously,” the ministry statement mentioned.

Significantly, these two States have been witnessing most protest versus the farm Expenses in the very last few times. In Punjab for instance, the Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh committee, which spearheading the protests in the Condition because Thursday, has made a decision to lengthen its rail roko agitation till September 29.

“This is undoubtedly a go to placate the agitating farmers. These two States have been looking at the most protests. But there is no damage in advancing the graduation of procurement as paddy arrivals begin normally by September fifteen,” mentioned Devinder Sharma, an agricultural policy specialist.

The federal government has already declared early this thirty day period that it would procure above 495 lakh tonnes of rice, practically twenty for every cent extra than the 416 lakh tonnes target set for the 2019-twenty KMS.