With slow lifting process and the shortage of labour at the grain markets in the district, the claims of Punjab government about paddy procurement from farmers within 24 hrs seem to have fallen flat, as farmers have to stay for a longer period.
Farmer Darbara Singh, who had brought his produce to Samana grain market, said there was the acute shortage of labour in the grain market and they have to sit for more than one day to get their produce procured.
The farmers in the region are already facing problem in getting their crop lifted as it has been found with high moisture content. The higher authorities have instructed officials not to allow crop with more than 17% moisture into markets
Farmers lament that due to the pest attack, the paddy crop had started falling flat and they were forced to harvest the crop before time, which resulted in the high moisture content.
Malkeet Singh of Kuka village said, “They checked the moisture content at the gate and permitted the entry finding it under permissible limits. But after the arrival, nobody has come to check the moisture content, saying that they would check it after the cleaning process.”
Another farmer Dharminder Singh said, “Once they checked the moisture content and it was 19 percent and they refused to procure it even after drying it in the open ground of the market. After the denial by the government agencies, I sold my crop `100 less than the MSP.”
District food supply controller Harjit Kaur said adequate arrangements have been made. Gunny bags and other things related to the procurement process have been provided to farmers on time, he said.