Tribune News Service

Ruchika M Khanna

Chandigarh, October 6

As paddy arrivals began to rise today, choking out mandis in many areas, the government has initiated steps to speed up the removal of the foodgrain from mandis.

The government has issued an order to allow the use of tractors and trailers for lifting rice from mandis and transferring it to rice shelling units. The government has also decided to immediately go back to the offline pass issuance system to speed up the pickup.

payment on the spot for farmers: CM

  • CM Bhagwant Mann reiterated the government’s commitment to procure every grain from farmers
  • In a meeting with farmers in Chandigarh on Thursday, the CM said a mechanism has been evolved to ensure on-the-spot payment for them in their bank accounts

Highest yield probably in Hoshiarpur

  • Hoshiarpur appears to be at the top with the highest yield of rice, with the expected maximum yield now estimated at 46.56 quintals per acre
  • Apart from Hoshiarpur, crop yield in Ludhiana and Muktsar is also higher at 41.76 and 40.64 quintals per acre respectively

Paddy arrivals accelerated pace

Total arrivals so far: 3.67 LMT

Arrivals on Thursday: 1.13 LMT

Progressive Purchase: 3.28 LMT (Government: 3.19 LMT, Mill: 8,610 MT)

Purchase on Thursday: 1.04 LMT (Government: 1.02 LMT, Mill: 1.595 MT)

Today, 1,13,976 metric tonnes of paddy arrived at the mandis. As it is the peak of the season, daily arrivals can reach several lakh quintals. As many mandis started getting ‘flooded’ today, civil administration officials in various districts of Malwa region as well as ruling party MPs informed the chief minister that the cancellation process is slow due to the new system of issuing online passes through arhtia.

Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann has ordered that in all mandis that have the capacity to accommodate more than 10,000 MT of rice, passes required for transporting grains to warehouses can be issued offline, as was the practice in the past.

However, the passes will still need to be updated online after the grains have been picked and transported out of the bins. The online gate ticketing system was introduced this year to monitor the quantity of food grains and prevent cheap food grains from other states from being diverted to Punjab mandis, to be sold at a higher MSP here.

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