Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, November 11
Even as Punjab has been battling an excessive arrival of paddy in its markets this kharif season, Haryana will end up with almost 20 per cent lesser procurement compared to 64.71 lakh metric tonne last year, thanks to steps taken by the Khattar government to plug the gaps.
These gaps allowed some leeway to unscrupulous traders who would purchase paddy at cheaper rate in neighbouring states and push it into the procurement system in Haryana where the crop was procured at minimum support price, said sources.
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Unscrupulous traders would purchase paddy at cheap rate in neighbouring states and push it into the procurement system in Haryana for purchase at higher MSP
Various procurement agencies in Haryana have so far procured 53.58 LMT of paddy. With most of the crop produced by farmers already having arrived in grain markets, the state is likely to close procurement at 55 to 56 LMT, said PK Das, Additional Chief Secretary, Food and Civil Supplies, Haryana. Though the kharif season was to officially end on November 30, the state government is likely to close the procurement much earlier given the steadily declining paddy arrivals. “Hardly 30,000 MT paddy arrived in the markets yesterday. Around 1.5 to 2.5 LMT more will arrive before we shut the operations,” he said. Das said though paddy was grown on lesser area this year, the credit for lesser procurement went to sterner measures.