As per the eligibility criterion set under the policy, it invites the bidders that are registered companies, partnerships, societies including cooperative societies, sole proprietorship, individuals and consortia of up to three such entities.
At an average minimum support price (MSP) of Rs 1,800 per quintal — Rs 1,770 for paddy and Rs 1,840 for wheat — his 2.5 per cent commission on grain sold to government agencies works out to Rs 18 lakh.
In Punjab, rainfall occurred in Mohali, Amritsar, Ludhiana, Patiala, Gurdaspur, Pathankot and Jalandhar. Chandigarh witnessed heavy showers during the day. Hailstorm was also reported in some areas of Punjab, including Chandigarh.
Puddling is a traditional method of flooding paddy fields with running water, whereas in non-puddling technique, 'ridges and furrows' are formed in soil to let water store in spaces and let it stay, thus reducing irrigation frequency.