Chandigarh: The ongoing procurement of mustard at a minimum support price (MSP) of Rs 4,000 per quintal in Haryana is hurtled by a lack in the number of collection centres. Farmers are selling the produce to traders at Rs 3,700-3,800 per quintal in the state as the logistic costs are too high to reach the collection centres in many districts in the state.
Most of the farmers have sold their produce to private traders as 38-odd centres opened for the mustard procurement have failed to cater to farmers across districts.
“I had to sell mustard at Rs 3,600 per quintal as government procurement had not commenced,” a farmer who harvested mustard sown on a 4-acre land in Mahendergarh told ET.
The market price of open market is prevailing below the MSP in most markets in Haryana. “The market price of mustard is below Rs 3,900 in most mandis,” a trader based in the Charki Dadri district said.
The Haryana government had announced that HAFED would procure fair average quality (FAQ) mustard seed at an MSP of Rs 4,000 per quintal, including bonus of Rs 100. Under the scheme, HAFED is buying mustard seed directly from the farmers through the shops of its member Cooperative Marketing Societies. The payment to farmers is to be made electronically through RTGS to their bank accounts, he added.
The Minister of State for Cooperation Manish Kumar today said that over 50,000 quintals of mustard at the rate of Rs 4,000 per quintal has so far been procured by HAFED. He said that more than 35,000 quintals of mustard have already been lifted.
The minister said that about 2,500 farmers in 248 villages were benefited with the procurement of mustard which has been started at a large scale for the first time by the government.
Acting on the demand of farmers, Kumar said that more centres would be set up to provide some relief to those affected by the crunch.
Purchase centres have been set up at Loharu, Tosham, Bahal and Bhiwani town in district Bhiwani, and procurement of mustard has been conducted at Badhara and Charkhi Dadri town in district Charkhi Dadri. Similarly, purchase centres have been established at Bhattu Kalan in Fatehabad, Heli mandi, Farrukh Nagar and Sohna in Gurugram, Bas, Lohari, Uklana and Hisar city in Hisar. In addition, these centres have also been set up at Jhajjar, Matanhail, Gharaunda, Ateli, Kanina, Mahendragarh, Narnaul, Satnali, Bawal, Kosli, Rewari, Jind, Taoru, Meham, Kalanuar, Rohtak, Sirsa, Dabwali, Ellanabad, Kalanwali, Kheria and Chopta.
Adequate arrangement of mustard procurement has been done, said Kumar, while adding directives have been issued to relevant authorities to help officers in ensuring farmers face no trouble in this regard.