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Wheat arrival picks up but lifting still slow in Hoshiarpur

punjab Updated: May 02, 2014 21:26 IST
Harpreet Kaur

Owing to slow lifting of the produce, procurement centres are chock-a-block with wheat in the district.

There was no lifting on Wednesday due to the elections in Punjab followed by May Day, as a result of which a glut-like situation prevailed in mandis on Friday.

The central mandi at the new grain market was jam-packed with tractor-trolleys and farmers faced problem unloading their produce.

Arhtiyas blamed the contractors for failing to provide adequate transport facilities to lift the produce. Procurement officials said no wheat arrived on April 30 due to government holiday but there was a record
arrival on May 1. But since labourers remained on leave the same day, it created a glut-like situation.

"We received 37,448 quintals of wheat on Friday which was almost double of what we did the same day last year," said market committee secretary Sarwan Singh Bath.

District mandi officer Raj Kumar said wheat arrival was slow initially as the crop had not ripened but it suddenly picked up in the last couple of days.

"We are receiving 25,000-30,000 quintals of wheat daily," he said. Holidays and shortage of labour had delayed lifting, he added.

Till Friday evening, 1.50 lakh tonnes of wheat had arrived in 62 mandis of the district of which 1.13 lakh tonnes had been purchased by various agencies.

The procured wheat was being bagged simultaneously but not lifted immediately. Slow lifting led to the problem of space forcing farmers to unload their produce in front of shops.

Additional deputy commissioner Harminder Singh held a meeting with procurement officials on Saturday and asked them to ensure that the wheat was immediately lifted. "We hope that situation will improve in a day or so," the ADC said.