Paddy procurement slow, extend it for a month till December 30: Center to Himachal Pradesh

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Tribune News Service

Shimla, October 25

In view of the slow procurement of paddy, the Himachal Pradesh government has urged the Center to extend the procurement process by a month till December 30.

Director of Food and Civil Supplies KC Chaman said the state has written to the Center seeking extension of the deadline. He said that in view of the speed at which paddy is being procured, farmers who have registered on the online portal will not be able to sell their produce till November 30.

For the first time in the state, paddy is being procured through the portal. “There is no middleman involved. Farmers sell their produce directly and get payment in their accounts within 48 hours,” Chaman said.

Though paddy growers are happy with the initiative, some farmer bodies had questioned the pace of procurement and claimed that it may take six months for all to sell their produce.

Convinced that procurement was not progressing at the desired pace, Chaman attributed it to farmers’ unfamiliarity with the process. “Farmers do not clean their produce properly and when their crop is rejected, they start cleaning it inside the market yard. This is delaying the purchase. they should be Made aware about proper moisture content,” he said.

Paddy is being procured at nine centers in four districts of Kangra, Una, Solan and Sirmaur. “We will procure 54,000 MT from Sirmaur along with 19,000 MT, 15,000 MT Kangra, 10,000 MT Solan.

and 10,000 metric tonnes of Una,” Chaman said.