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Haryana highway blockade ends as farmers relent after assurance on paddy procurement

The Haryana government has accepted both our demands, Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Gurnam Singh Chaduni said.

BKU (Charuni) Chief Gurnam Singh addresses farm activists after blocking NH in Shahabad on Friday. September 23, 2022. (Express Photo by Manoj Dhaka)

Farmers on Saturday lifted their over 20-hour blockade of the National Highway-44 at Shahabad in Haryana’s Kurukshetra after the state government assured them of increasing the ceiling on per acre yield for procuring crops at Minimum Support Price (MSP). The government also agreed to consider procuring 30 quintals of paddy per acre instead of the earlier 22 quintals.

“The state government has decided that Rs 100 per quintal will be charged, instead of 4 per cent market fee on paddy which is not purchased at MSP i.e. basmati and duplicate basmati. Out of this, Rs 50 will go to Mandi Board and Rs 50 will be deposited in Haryana Rural Development Fund as cess,” a government spokesperson said.

The procurement of paddy will begin from October 1 and continue till November 15 and all necessary arrangements have been completed for this, the spokesperson said. This time, the government aims to procure around 55 lakh metric tonnes of paddy.

The spokesperson added that the procurement of Kharif crops will also start on the same date. “Procurement of paddy and Kharif crops will be done in more than 400 mandis across the state. During the marketing season 2022-23, crops like paddy, bajra, maize, moong, sunflower, groundnut, til, arhar and urad etc. will be procured. The food, civil supplies and consumer affairs department will procure 50 per cent of paddy. Apart from this, 30 per cent will be procured by HAFED, 15 per cent by Haryana State Warehousing Corporation and 5 per cent by Food Corporation of India,” the spokesperson added.

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The procurement of Kharif crops will be done at the Minimum Support Price (MSP) announced by the Government of India, the spokesperson said. “The MSP of Rs 2,040 per quintal has been fixed for paddy (common), Rs 2,060 per quintal for paddy (Grade-A), Rs 2,350 per quintal for bajra, Rs 1,962 per quintal for maize, Rs 7,755 per quintal for moong, Rs 6,400 per quintal for sunflower, Rs 5,850 per quintal for groundnut, Rs 7,830 per quintal for sesame and Rs 6,600 per quintal for arhar and urad,” the spokesperson said.

Elaborating on the procurement procedure, the spokesperson said, “Hassle-free procurement of paddy and Kharif crops to be done in more than 400 mandis. 201 mandis have been set up for the purchase of paddy, 86 for the purchase of bajra, 19 for the purchase of maize, 38 for the purchase of moong, 9 for the purchase of sunflower, 7 for the purchase of groundnut, 27 for purchase of til, 22 for the purchase of arhar and 10 for the purchase of urad.”

Earlier, Farmers under Haryana Bhartiya Kisan Union (Chaduni) had on Friday blocked the national highway connecting Delhi and Chandigarh, demanding the government to immediately begin paddy procurement.
While lifting the blockade, Chaduni said the decision to end the stir was taken after the government agreed to consider procuring 30 quintals of paddy per acre instead of the earlier 22 quintals.

First published on: 24-09-2022 at 10:30:42 am
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