Haryana paddy procurement to begin Oct 1

September 22nd, 2011 - 6:52 pm ICT by IANS  

Chandigarh, Sep 22 (IANS) Paddy procurement in Haryana will begin from Oct 1, a minister said Thursday, adding that all arrangements had been made for smooth procurement.

State Food and Supplies Minister Mahender Partap Singh said nearly 48 lakh tonnes of paddy is likely to arrive in grain markets across Haryana this season (October-December).

Of this, about 20 lakh tonnes of paddy will be of basmati and superior varieties and the remaining 28 lakh tonnes of levy varieties, he said.

“The state government is committed to make the payments to the farmers within 48-72 hours of the sale of their produce. For this, sufficient cash credit limit for purchase of paddy and bajra was being arranged from Reserve Bank of India,” Singh said.

He said the administration and concerned officials in all 21 districts had been directed to ensure that the procured paddy is lifted from grain markets immediately.

According to the minister, the minimum support price (MSP) for common variety of paddy had been fixed as Rs.1,080 per quintal and for Grade ‘A’ paddy as Rs.1,110 per quintal.

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