Last yr, purchases from Hanumangarh and from Sri Ganganagar amounted greater than 1.3 million tonnes for the entire season.

This is generally the busiest time of yr for wheat procurement, with mandis teeming with farmers, labourers, fee brokers, authorities company personnel, and personal purchasers.

However, the “new” APMC (Agricultural Produce Market Committee) mandi in Rajasthan’s Sri Ganganagar – a big 27-acre complicated with practically 200 shops that opened in late 2017 – has solely a dozen labourers and three farmers.

The labourers are displeased with the shortage of labor. The farmers declare to have travelled from Jordkia village within the district’s Padampur tehsil to promote sarson (mustard) moderately than kanak (wheat).

“I have already sold my kanak for Rs 2,250 per quintal, above the sarkari rate (minimum support price or MSP) of Rs 2,015. The dalal (agent) of a private company picked it up at that price directly from my field,” says Som Dutt Bishnoi, who had sown wheat on seven of his 11-bigha holding this time — a hectare includes about 4 bigha of land.

Most APMC mandis in Sri Ganganagar and Hanumangarh, the 2 northern districts of Rajasthan bordering Punjab which can be additionally the state’s largest wheat growers, inform the identical narrative. All of them have a desolate look, which is uncommon for this time of yr, with a handful of farmers arriving with their tractor-trolleys packed solely with mustard or chana (chickpea).

As of Tuesday, authorities companies have bought a complete of 694 tonnes of wheat from Hanumangarh and 37 tonnes from Sri Ganganagar in the course of the present rabi advertising and marketing season, which started on March 15. Last yr, purchases from the 2 areas amounted greater than 1.3 million tonnes for the entire season.

“Normally, 85-90 percent of procurement is completed by the end of April, with the remaining 10-15 percent completed in May.” “This time, not just government procurement, but also overall APMC arrivals are substantially fewer,” revealed a Rajasthan agriculture advertising and marketing division officer.

The official ascribed the numerous lower in arrivals to a rise in “off-mandi transactions” (direct gross sales by farmers) and a lesser crop. Wheat plantings and manufacturing are each decrease from earlier yr.

“There is unquestionably a scarcity. I often purchase 25,000 tonnes from the mandis. This time, I decided to treble my purchases, including those from outside mandis, for a total of Rs 2,250 per quintal. “I anticipate costs to rise and do not wish to take any probabilities,” mentioned a serious non-public flour miller from Sri Ganganagar who declined to be recognised.

First revealed on: 28 Apr 2022, 03:55 IST



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