Gurpreet Singh Nibber is a special correspondent with the Punjab bureau. He covers agriculture, power sector, Sikh religious affairs and the Punjabi diaspora.
Articles by Gurpreet Singh Nibber
Farmer leaders of 16-member Sanyukt Kisan Morcha insist on meeting chief minister Bhagwant Mann over new paddy sowing schedule and relief for wheat growers who suffered losses due to early onset of summer
Moving away from the traditional method of transplanting paddy saplings in puddleed fields, the new DSR method entails sowing paddy seeds directly in the soil cutting water usage. The Punjab government has announced ₹1,500 incentive per acre for farmers opting for the DSR
Increases permissible limit for shrivelled and broken wheat grains up to 18% against the existing 6%; owing to sudden rise in temperature in March when wheat crop was at maturing stage, the grain quality had suffered
The Punjab mining department rejected the plea of contractor of Mohali cluster stating that there was not sufficient material available in the mining areas allotted
The loss in the wheat yield was recorded during the 2,200 crop cutting experiments across Punjab at the time of crop harvest due to sudden heatwave in March
No clarity yet on quality loss relaxation, accruals by Centre even as wheat procurement draws to a close in Punjab
The wheat procurement began to close in Punjab from May 5. Due to sudden rise in temperature in March, the quality of the wheat grain suffered and the state government took up the matter with the Centre
The four-phase traditional paddy sowing method in Punjab will begin from June 18 and will end on June 24
Punjab food department offers to call open tenders to ascertain logistics cost of doorstep ration delivery scheme
The Punjab food department reportedly proposed an additional expenditure of ₹ 400 crores for grinding of wheat into flour and its doorstep delivery to beneficiaries
The agriculture department suggested the Punjab government that the paddy transplantation be aligned with the monsoons to save depleting subsoil water
The development comes days after Punjab mining department terminated the contracts of Ferozepur and Amritsar clusters while suspending the contracts in Ropar, Mohali and Hoshiarpur clusters
The situation, according to the Punjab food and civil supplies department, has arisen due to delay in the Centre’s approval to grant relaxation in the procurement norms as the crop in the current rabi season has percentage of shriveled grain more than the permissible limit of six
The Punjab government may fall short of its targeted wheat purchase of 135 lakh tonnes and likely to suffer revenue loss as sudden heatwave leads to ‘big’ yield loss, say officials
The single day wheat purchase in Punjab by private traders on Tuesday stood at 28,400 tonnes. The wheat procurement in Punjab is expected to continue for two to three more weeks.
According to latest official updates from the Centre’s food department, the government has procured 6.9 million tonne of wheat so far from 586,000 farmers, who have been paid minimum prices of nearly ₹1,400 crore.
The grain markets have witnessed a total of 52.5 lakh tonnes of wheat arrival so far in Punjab, out of which Sangrur has received 6.4 lakh tonnes
CM Mann said there would be no increase in the electricity tariff for industrial and commercial consumers, while free power to the farming community would continue
The wheat yield as per the experiments in Punjab is less than ten-year production average of 48.70 quintals per hectare due to the sudden heatwave in March
With Ukraine and Russia — two major wheat exports worldwide — locked in war, Punjab and other wheat-producing states in India are seeing an upswing in crop purchases by private players
The wheat yield has taken a substantial hit in Punjab this rabi season, posing the first major challenge to AAP government less than a month after it assumed power in the state
As per the data of commission for agricultural costs and prices (CACP) that annually fixes the minimum support prices on crops grown in the country including paddy, a kg of rice consumes 3,367 litres of water
With Ukraine and Russia — two major wheat exports worldwide — locked in a war, it was being expected that India will witness an upswing in crop purchases by private players.
The AAP government convened a special session of the assembly on Friday and upped the ante by moving a resolution demanding the immediate transfer of Chandigarh to Punjab
ByMunieshwer A. Sagar & Gurpreet Singh Nibber, Chandigarh
On March 27, Union home minister Amit Shah announced that the service conditions of Chandigarh administration will be aligned with that of Central Civil Services.
The state food and civil supplies department, four state procurement agencies and the Centre’s Food Corporation of India (FCI) are all geared up for hassle-free procurement
‘Workable but cost attached’: Food department looks for ways to make doorstep ration delivery operational
The AAP government’s doorstep ration delivery scheme is expected to put a huge burden on the state exchequer
The Centre had directed the Punjab government to phase out covered area plinths (CAP), which often led to wastage of wheat, within three years and construct covered godowns
Chandigarh: Amid an acute shortage of alternative fuel stocks, thermal plant operators are unable to comply with the NGT orders calling for 5-10% usage of biomass pellets alongside coal for power generation
The food and civil supplies department, Punjab, is apprehending an adverse impact of the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war on the upcoming wheat procurement in the state scheduled to start from April 1
Congratulating the new government, governor Banwarilal Purohit said, “The people’s mandate has proved that a new governance approach is evolving as they want a government whose policy outcomes are responsive to their concerns,” he added
- AAP leader Bhagwant Mann repeatedly raised the issue of unemployment during electioneering. Talking about the plight of unemployed youth, Mann had blamed previous regimes for not generating employment, which led to an exodus of talent to foreign countries.