Haryana State Warehousing Corporation (HSWC) has received the highest bid of 62 paise a kg for the rotten wheat lying in the state government's warehouse at Bani village near Sirsa.
There were nearly 200,000 bags of wheat which got submerged in flood water in July this year.
After the quality evaluation of the affected wheat, HSWC has found that over 95,000 bags could not be even used for cattle or poultry feed. For this category, HSWC has received the bid of 62 paise per kg.
"We had done our evaluation in August and found that over 95,000 bags were of dumping category that means there was a quality degradation of around 90 per cent. We have got the highest bid of around 62 paise per kilogram for this rotten wheat," M.L. Verma, district manager of HSWC, told IANS on Monday.
"We have completed all formalities on our end and send the file to the office of our managing director. Now it is up to him whether to accept the bid or to reject it," he added.
HSWC officials say they have to accept this throwaway price as there is no other option available.
"During the July floods, wheat bags remained submerged in water for 20 to 25 days and now it is of no use for anyone. But we cannot dump it and it is mandatory to follow a prescribed procedure therefore we had invited the bids," a HSWC official told IANS, requesting not to be named.
"HSWC has to accept this bid as there is no other option available. Further delay means more deterioration of the grains. The bidder would extract around five to 10 per cent poultry feed, out these grains, and rest would be used as manure," he pointed out.