In spite of the orders of the government to the agencies concerned to start procurement of paddy in the grain markets of the state from October 1, farmers here are still waiting for the entry of government agencies to purchase their produce.
In the absence of government procurement agencies, private traders are making most of the farmers' helplessness and purchasing 'parmal' varieties at rs1,300 to rs1,380 per quintal against the minimum support price (MSP) of `1,400 announced by the government.
"The MSP is announced only to befool the farmers. How can we get the MSP if the government agencies do not purchase our produce," asks a farmer Hardeep Singh of Kattu village, who had to sell his produce at `1,350 per quintal.
However, district food and supply commissioner Manish Narula said that the government agencies have already started the procurement of paddy. "Procurement has already begun in Sunam and Amargarh, but, there are some problems relating to moisture. If you are saying that procurement has not started in the Sangrur grain market, I will see to it," he added.
According to the official report of the district mandi officer, so far 22,270 tonnes of paddy, including 283 tonnes of 'parmal', has been procured in the grain markets of the district, but not even a single grain has been procured by the government agencies.