Paddy growers at several places in Punjab are facing difficulty in selling two varieties of paddy HKR 127 and HKR 47 the during ongoing procurement season as state rice millers have refused to lift the crop because of high percentage of breakage in grains.
Reports pouring in from several places,including Amritsar,Gurdaspur,Tarn Taran districts,suggest that farmers are unable to sell their crop of these non-basmati varieties and they are being forced to sell their crop below the Minimum Support Price rate.
Millers are not lifting the two varieties and as a result of it,heaps of the crop are lying in grain markets in the absence of buyers, Federation of Arthiya Association of Punjab President Vijay Kalra said. He added the auction of these Haryana varieties was also not taking place in mandis,causing a lot of inconveniences to farmers.
The breakage content in these varieties is 10 per cent higher than the breakage in other varieties. That is why rice millers are not lifting paddy of these varieties, Punjab Rice Millers Association,President Tarsem Saini said,adding that in other varieties,the breakage content is 20-25 per cent.
According to an estimate,about 5 to 7 per cent of total 28 lakh hectares of paddy cultivated area in Punjab is under HKR 127 and HKR 47 varieties.