After repeatedly instructing farmers to not bring moist paddy to the mandis,Ferozepur DC S Karuna Raju on Saturday sent back 20 trolleys after he found the paddy stock to have a moisture content of 22 per cent – the norm is 17 per cent. Making a surprise visit to various city mandis,Raju said that despite repeated instructions farmers were not adhering to the norms and the trolleys were returned to make farmers more aware. There is already a space shortage in mandis,so moisture laden stock will further add to the problems, he added.
The official purchase of paddy will begin from October 1. However,some early bird farmers have been shocked at the prices they are getting for their stock. In Ferozepur alone,1,800 quintal of paddy stock was purchased by private shellers – most of it selling in the range of Rs 1,340 to Rs 1,370 per quintal against the MSP of Rs 1,180 per quintal. Similar prices are also being given in Fazilka mandis.
The general secretary of Bharti Kisan Union,Darshan Singh Koohli said: The early birds are getting good deals,but prices will fall when there is a stock pile in the mandis.