Rabi procurement to begin from 1 April in Haryana; wheat in Punjab rescheduled from 10 April

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The procurement process of rabi crops will start from April 1 in Haryana with Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar directing authorities to ensure transfer of full payment directly into farmers’ bank account. Presiding over a review meeting regarding procurement process of rabi crops here, the Chief Minister directed the concerned officials to make all necessary arrangements, an official statement said.

Besides, the Chief Minister also released a booklet containing information about the entire arrangement for the procurement process. For the stakeholders, 12 essential information points related to the procurement process are enclosed in the booklet.

It was apprised in the meeting that there are a number of FPOs in the state and a list of 380 organisations have been sent to the respective Deputy Commissioners who will assist the administration in the procurement process.

Besides, the police department has been directed to make arrangements to stop unregistered farmers entering the border of the state. Only farmers who have registered at ‘Meri Fasal Mera Byora’ portal will be allowed to bring their crops for procurement.

The main rabi crops in Haryana are wheat, gram and mustard.

Meanwhile, due to rising COVID-19 cases and late crop maturity, wheat procurement in Punjab has been rescheduled few days late from April 10 following the state government’s request, according to the Union Food Ministry.

Wheat is a major rabi (winter-sown) crop. Harvesting starts from March-end but picks up pace from April. The Centre has estimated wheat procurement to rise by 9.56 per cent at 427.36 lakh tonnes during 2021-22 rabi marketing season. Out of this, 130 lakh tonnes will be procured from Punjab.

Wheat procurement is undertaken by state-run Food Corporation of India (FCI) and state civil supplies agencies at the minimum support price.

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