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Wheat procurement marred by slow lifting, glut-like situation in grain markets

The ongoing wheat procurement season is marred with slow lifting as glut-like situation can be witnessed in the grain markets across district. Around 5.88 lakh metric tonne wheat yield has arrived across the purchasing centres here, of which several purchasing agencies have bought around 5.50 lakh metric tonne yield.

punjab Updated: Apr 17, 2017 12:15 IST
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The administration has managed to sell only 1.50 lakh metric tonne of the purchased yield, resulting in heaps of wheat at grain markets in Nabha, Patiala and Rajpura.
The administration has managed to sell only 1.50 lakh metric tonne of the purchased yield, resulting in heaps of wheat at grain markets in Nabha, Patiala and Rajpura.(HT Photo)

The ongoing wheat procurement season is marred with slow lifting as glut-like situation can be witnessed in the grain markets across district. Around 5.88 lakh metric tonne wheat yield has arrived across the purchasing centres here, of which several purchasing agencies have bought around 5.50 lakh metric tonne yield.

However, when it comes to lifting, the administration has managed to sell only 1.50 lakh metric tonne of the purchased yield, resulting in heaps of wheat at grain markets in Nabha, Patiala and Rajpura.

As per procurement norms, it is mandatory for the procuring agencies to lift the crop within 72 hours of purchase to avoid glut-like conditions at the purchasing centres. One of the senior officials said that the slow lifting may result in delayed purchase of fresh stock in the coming days as more than 6 lakh metric tonne yield is expected to arrive.

Due to slow lifting of the yield, procurement process has been affected and instructions have been issued to the district managers of purchasing agencies to speed up the lifting process,” said an official, on condition of anonymity.

District mandi officer Kulwant Singh earlier said that the delay in allotting tenders of labourers and truck union, and the sudden arrival of wheat yield, are the main reasons behind the slow lifting process.

“Moreover, the movement of earlier stocked wheat in the central pool has slowed down the lifting as labourers as well as transporters remained off the area for two days,” he said.

Meanwhile, deputy commissioner Kumar Amit has directed the officials concerned to take appropriate steps for speedy procurement of wheat yield in the grain markets of the district so that famers do not face any difficulty.

“The officials have been asked to ensure lifting is stipulated so as to make space for fresh arrival of wheat yield in the grain markets,” he said.

He added that the sub-divisional magistrate-level officers have been instructed to visit the purchasing centres on regular-basis and to stay in touch with farmers and the procurement staff in order to ensure smooth handling of their problems.