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HARYANA-Slow procurement of wheat irks farmers, arhtiyas in Hry Lakhs Of Sacks, Grains Lying In Open As Sheds Are Packed

April 26, 2019 06:15 AM

COURTESY TOI APRIL 26

Slow procurement of wheat irks farmers, arhtiyas in Hry
Lakhs Of Sacks, Grains Lying In Open As Sheds Are Packed
Jaskaran Singh TNN

Ambala/Kurukshetra:

The sluggish process of lifting the wheat, which has arrived in the grain markets of the region, is irking the farmers as well as arhtiyas (commission agents). The farmers are busy in harvesting of wheat while the arhtiyas are pressing for timely payments of procured crop that have not even started yet.


Due to the slow process of procurement, the farmers and arhtiyas also fear losses due to instant change in weather conditions as lakhs of wheat sacks and unpacked grains are lying in open as the sheds are fully packed.

Ambala district food supplies controller (DFSC) Nishant Rathee said, “Till date, Ambala district grain markets have received 22.19 metric tons (MT) of wheat, of which about 55% i.e. 12.20 MT has been lifted. Our lifting is working fine as compared to other districts. Moreover, the DFSC has released payments of different grain markets worth Rs 46.95 crore, and every day the payments are being transferred to the accounts of the commission agents. HAFED payments worth Rs 85 crore, and those of the state warehousing corporation (SWC) worth Rs 5.75 crore have also been released.”

Duni Chand, president of the Ambala Arhtiya Association, said, “Due to lack of labour, we are facing inconveniences in managing the crop quickly and all grain markets in Ambala are fully packed and the sacks are not being lifted timely by the government agencies. Farmers have sold their crop, the arhtiyas have packed the same in sacks belonging to purchase agency and now they belong to the agency concerned. If weather turns bad, the loss would be of government agencies. HAFED had started procurement on April 11 and DFSC on April 13. We have received random payments of 1-2 days.”

Food supplies inspector for Pipli in Shahbad Gaurav Arora said, “Purchase of wheat started from April 13 and lifting from April 15. As per the records, till date the DFSC has purchased 3.80 lakh sacks of 50 kg each out of which 2.80 lakh sacks have been lifted and around 1 lakh are still lying at the grain markets. At this moment, the lifting process is on time. I have passed the payments up to April 23 and forwarded the details to the controller’s office and the same would be released by the higher authorities. So far, the only payment received is of April 13 and the rest is pending.”

Kurukshetra DFSC Narender Sehrawat said, “Due to some software issue in the State Bank of India (SBI), payments have not been released in time.”

 

 
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