Despite claims by the district administration that it had made elaborate arrangements to ensure smooth procurement of paddy in Fatehgarh Sahib, the farmers at Sirhind grain market alleged that no agency came forward to lift their produce on Tuesday.
However, district food and civil supply officer, Harjit Kaur, said that the delay in procurement was learnt to be caused due to the moisture in the produce as the agencies had decided to purchase paddy with minimum moisture. The moisture limit has been fixed at 14% by the central government, she added.
Gurmail Singh, a farmer of Harbanspura village, said that he had been in the grain market since morning but no agency had approached him for lifting the paddy produce he had brought, even as the district administration had announced that all the arrangements had been made and procurement would start on October 1.
Another farmer, Surjit Singh, a resident of Shahnipur village, said that farmers have also been facing problems other than selling paddy in the market as no proper arrangements had been made for their convenience. He said that there was problem of drinking water, besides lack proper sitting arrangements.
However, the district food and civil supplies officer said that they had made proper arrangements for drinking water, power and lighting for the farmers coming to the grain market to sell their produce.