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Punjab sets ball rolling for 9-lakh tonnes of more sheltered foodgrain godowns

After the Centre asked Punjab government to completely phase out storage of foodgrain on open plinths, particularly wheat, the latter has sanctioned the covered storage godowns with 9-lakh tonnes capacity for the state

Presently, the open plinths have 5-lakh tonnes freshly harvested wheat stored, in Mansa and Bathinda districts only. (HT File Photo)
Updated on May 29, 2023 12:10 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Centre pegs India's foodgrain output at record 330MT in 2022-23

Despite a prolonged spell of untimely rain and hail in April 2023, the ministry said the production of winter-sown wheat is pegged at 112.74 million tonnes.

Food output is closely linked to inflation as well as growth of the rural economy. (PTI)
Updated on May 26, 2023 04:33 AM IST

Govt’s wheat purchases below target, but sufficient: Data

The Centre’s purchase of wheat for state-held stocks has touched slightly over 26 million tonnes, but is likely to be below a targeted 34 million tonne.

Wheat-market trends show this year’s output is unlikely to have been a record 112 million tonnes as expected by the government. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 19, 2023 04:16 AM IST

Himachal estimates 20-cr loss to crops due to rain, hailstorm

Rabi and vegetable crops were sown on 4,01,843 hectares and crops on 16,125.85 hectares were found to be destroyed; wheat is the main rabi crop grown on 3,29,084 hectares

The unseasonal rain and hailstorm in Himachal Pradesh have damaged rabi crops, such as wheat and barley. (HT File)
Updated on May 09, 2023 01:37 PM IST
By, Shimla

Rains slow down wheat lifting in Punjab mandis

A large quantity of freshly harvested crop has already suffered damages due to delayed rainfall, winds and hailstorm that started on March 25 when the wheat was at its maturing stage, leading to a higher quantity of shriveled, broken and discoloured g

Out of the 115.77 lakh tonnes of wheat that arrived in the mandis of the state by Monday evening, 51.27 lakh tonne (44%) awaits to be lifted. (PTI)
Updated on May 02, 2023 11:57 PM IST
By, Chandigarh

Private buyers in Punjab unlikely to cross amount of wheat purchased in 2022

Wheat purchase by the private players this rabi marketing season in Punjab may not cross last year’s number even as traders and processing units have bought 4% of the wheat that arrived in the mandis.

In 2022, private players registered 6.35 lakh tonnes from the state. (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 30, 2023 09:35 PM IST
ByVishal Joshi, Bathinda

128 test Covid positive in tricity

Tricity records 128 new Covid cases with Chandigarh reporting 47, Panchkula 54, and Mohali 27 cases; total active cases in tricity now at 857.

Currently, there are a total of 857 active cases in tricity. (HT File Photo)
Updated on Apr 30, 2023 01:29 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

The sizzling secrets of frying: Sound Bites with Swetha Sivakumar

Most oil isn’t absorbed by food while it is submerged; it’s absorbed later. Bubbles hold the key to how much oil is sucked in. Why? Take a look.

Updated on Apr 28, 2023 02:09 PM IST
BySwetha Sivakumar

Ludhina: Over 6.64 lakh mt wheat procured, Pungrain leads payments

The district administration has procured 6,64,274 metric tons of wheat so far, out of the 6,71,543 metric tons wheat that arrived for sale at various grain markets and purchase centres in Ludhiana

Pungrain has made payments amounting to <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>332.76 crore to the farmers who sold their wheat grains to it till Thursday. (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 28, 2023 12:18 AM IST
By, Ludhiana

75% of sugar mills finish operations 2 months earlier

Experts said the impact of tightening supplies could show up around October-November, the beginning of a long-drawn festival season when demand peaks

Lower output could also hamper India’s ambitious ethanol-blending programme. (File image)
Updated on Apr 25, 2023 01:49 PM IST

Hooda extends support to sportspersons protesting at Jantar Mantar

“It is a matter of great shame that international players have to come on the road and sit on a dharna. Sportspersons should get justice because their demand is justified. In such a situation, rising above politics, I have myself demanded justice for the players and will go to Delhi’s Jantar Mantar and meet them,” Hooda said.

Former chief minister and Leader of Opposition Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Monday extended support to the sportspersons protesting at Jantar Mantar. (ANI File Photo)
Updated on Apr 24, 2023 11:49 PM IST
By, Rohtak

More than 54 lakh MT wheat procured in Haryana: Deputy CM Dushyant Chautala

In the next two days, ₹9,000 crore will be deposited in the bank accounts of the farmers after procurement of grains, said Haryana deputy CM Dushyant Chautala who was visiting various areas of Fatehabad district.

Haryana deputy CM Dushyant Chautala said on Monday that more than 54 lakh metric tonne (MT) wheat has been procured and <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>5,800 crore transferred directly to the bank accounts of the farmers. (HT File Photo)
Updated on Apr 24, 2023 11:46 PM IST
By, Chandigarh

Ludhiana DC directs SDMs, agencies to expedite procurement, lifting of wheat

Over five lakh metric tons of wheat has arrived in grain markets of Ludhiana so far; payment worth ₹818 crores has also been made to the farmers across the district

Lifting of wheat going on in one of the grain markets in Ludhiana on Monday. (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 24, 2023 11:16 PM IST
By, Ludhiana

2kg heroin recovered from field at border in Punjab’s Amritsar

The seizure comes a day after 5kg of heroin dropped by a Pakistan drone was recovered from a border village of Daoke in Amritsar.

The consignment was found during harvesting of wheat, BSF spokesperson added.
Updated on Apr 24, 2023 01:20 AM IST

Rain drenches wheat, mustard in Haryana mandis

Wheat and mustard lying in the open in the mandis of various district of Haryana, including Rohtak, Bhiwani, Hisar, Charkhi Dadri and Jhajjar, got drenched after the rain on Saturday and Sunday. A glut-like situation in almost all mandis; Hooda says government should compensate farmers under Bhavantar Bharpai Yojana

Wheat lying in the open gets drenched in the rain at the Rohtak grain market on Sunday. Wheat and mustard lying in the open in the mandis of various district of the state got drenched after the rain on Saturday and Sunday. (Manoj Dhaka/HT)
Updated on Apr 23, 2023 11:07 PM IST
BySunil Rahar, Rohtak

Haryana set to miss its wheat procurement target this year

As per information, government agencies in Haryana had earlier predicted to procure 85 lakh MT of wheat but later after consultation with states, the Food Corporation of India (FCI) estimated that Haryana’s wheat procurement target for this season is set to be 75 lakh MT.

As per figures, government agencies have so far procured 58.59 lakh MT wheat from 408 mandis and procurement centres of the Haryana till date. (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 22, 2023 10:54 PM IST
By, Karnal

Congress leader siphons off 14-quintal wheat, booked

Accused has been identified as Balwinder Singh of Bhawanigarh; his wife Sukhjeet Kaur is the president of the Bhawanigarh Municipal Council

The accused has been booked under Sections 420 and 409 of the IPC.
Updated on Apr 21, 2023 01:09 AM IST
By, Sangrur

Rain damaged only 10-15% crop in Haryana, says CM Khattar

The CM said damage to wheat crop was between 10-20% and not as high as was earlier anticipated.

Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar addressing a press conference in Chandigarh on Wednesday. (HT File)
Updated on Apr 20, 2023 03:31 AM IST
By, Chandigarh/karnal

Bhupinder Hooda slams Haryana govt for delays in grain procurement

In a statement, former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda said about 38 lakh metric tonnes of wheat has arrived in the mandis but only 10 lakh metric tonnes have been lifted so far. “Due to delay in lifting, payment to farmers is also getting delayed. Due to rains and mismanagement, the farmers are suffering huge losses,” he said.

Former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda sought early compensation for the crop damage caused by rains. (HT File)
Updated on Apr 20, 2023 02:32 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Tardy lifting: Grain markets brimming in Malwa region

Heavy arrival, delayed transportation contracts, long wait for trains to shift wheat to other states lead to chaos

A grain market in Bathinda on Wednesday. (Sanjeev Kumar/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Apr 20, 2023 12:47 AM IST
ByVishal Joshi, Bathinda

10-15% crop loss estimated due to rain: Haryana CM

Since mid-March, a series of storms tore through ripening wheat in states such as Uttar Pradesh, the largest grower, Madhya Pradesh, the second-biggest grower, Punjab and Haryana, apart from Rajasthan

HT Image
Updated on Apr 20, 2023 12:15 AM IST
By, Chandigarh/karnal

Chiseling of soil for better yield: PAU V-C

Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) vice-chancellor Satbir Singh Gosal urged the farmers in the state to turn to ‘chiseling’ as continuous puddling of the soil for rice cultivation has led to the formation of a hard pan in the upper soil layer

development of this sub-surface hard pan because of continuous puddling may take a toll on the upcoming yield of the wheat crop. (HT File Photo)
Updated on Apr 20, 2023 12:11 AM IST
By, Ludhiana

Khattar seeks report of pending development projects in Ambala Lok Sabha segment

The chief minister reviewed the progress of development projects in areas under the Ambala Lok Sabha seat during a meeting attended by public representatives, eminent citizens of the constituency and administrative secretaries of various departments

Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Tuesday directed the administrative secretaries to submit reports regarding the progress of pending development projects in all assembly segments falling under Ambala Lok Sabha constituency in the next 15 days. (HT file photo)
Updated on Apr 19, 2023 12:47 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Panipat DC orders action against 3 for dereliction of duty

Panipat deputy commissioner Virender Dahiya has ordered to chargesheet two mandi secretaries and suspension of a Class IV employee for dereliction of duty. As per the information the action was taken following the visits of the deputy commissioner to various mandis.

As per the information, the action against the three employees for dereliction of duty was taken following the visits of the Panipat DC’s to various grain mandis. (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 17, 2023 01:01 AM IST
By, Karnal

Tardy wheat lifting leads to glut in Haryana mandis

The problem is especially grave in the major wheat-producing districts, including Karnal, Kurukshetra and Kaithal, where out of the total 10.15 lakh MT procured, at least 80% is still lying in the mandis. Currently, around five lakh MT wheat is arriving in the mandis on a daily basis.

Wheat at the Indri grain market in Karnal of Haryana on Saturday. (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 15, 2023 11:33 PM IST
By, Karnal

3.17 lakh tonne of wheat arrives in Punjab mandis

A total of 3.17 lakh tonnes of grain arrived in mandis across Punjab on Thursday, taking the total arrivals to 6.47 lakh tonnes so far

A total of 3.17 lakh tonnes of grain arrived in mandis across Punjab on Thursday, taking the total arrivals to 6.47 lakh tonnes so far .
Updated on Apr 14, 2023 12:56 AM IST

Ludhiana temperature soars to 39°; PAU advises citizens to stay hydrated

According to officials at the PAU, the temperature in the district will soar further by 3-5°in the coming five days, taking the maximum temperature to cross 40° Celsius

Girls walking with an umbrella to escape from the scorching heat in Ludhiana on Thursday. (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 13, 2023 11:21 PM IST
By, Ludhiana

Haryana farmers, arhtiyas to protest value cut on grains

In a video message, BKU Haryana president Gurnam Singh Charuni has said that there is no clarity in the statement of the CM. He said the government should clarify whether it will bear the value cut for the entire season or a specific period or until the Centre takes a decision in this regard.

Charuni said if the government fails to clarify the matter, farmers and arhtiyas will hold two-hour protests at all market committees from 11am to 1 pm on Thursday. (Gurpreet Singh/HT)
Updated on Apr 13, 2023 12:48 AM IST
By, Karnal

Levy of fuel surcharge a blow to power consumers: Hooda

Leader of Opposition and former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Wednesday also attacked the Haryana government, stating that it did not penalise or take stringent legal action against APL despite the company refusing to provide electricity. Instead, the government purchased expensive power at the rate of ₹10-11 per unit, he said.

Leader of Opposition and former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda said that the levy of FSA has delivered yet another blow to the consumers, who are already suffering from inflation. (HT File)
Updated on Apr 12, 2023 09:04 PM IST
By, Chandigarh

In Bihar, wheat procurement to start on April 20; 10 lakh MT is the target

Co-operative department secretary Bandana Preyashi said the government’s objective behind procurement in Bihar was to ensure that farmer did not have to opt for distress selling of produce.

A woman labourer in Nagpur cleans up the wheat grains for sale at a wholesale market. (ANI/REPRESENTATIVE FILE IMAGE)
Updated on Apr 12, 2023 01:44 PM IST
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