Record 129% hike in paddy arrival at Fazilka - ECAS Punjab

Record 129% hike in paddy arrival at Fazilka

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Fazilka, December 3

Fazilka district has recorded maximum rise in the arrival of permal variety of paddy in Punjab this year, which has raised eyebrows.

According to official sources, Fazilka recorded 2,81,187 MT paddy arrival this year, as compared to 1,23,059 MT last year, which means 129 per cent increase. There is more than one reason for the steep increase in paddy arrival this year. Firstly, private traders, including some rice millers, have imported paddy at lower price from other states. Sources said the private traders had purchased paddy at Rs 1,200 to 1,300 per quintal while the MSP was fixed at Rs 1,888 per quintal by the government. The paddy was purchased from Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Rajasthan.

"The arrival of paddy from other states cannot be ruled out but the quantity cannot be ascertained," said Surinder Singh, Chief Agriculture Officer (CAO), Fazilka. Some trucks were also seized by the government on the border while

entering Punjab.

Information gathered by The Tribune revealed that an increase in paddy yield was also reported this year. Sources in the Agriculture Department said last year, the yield was recorded at 4,715 kg per hectare, which had increased to 5,890 kg per hectare due to conducive weather this year.

On the other hand, the arrival of basmati variety of paddy has come down drastically. Last year, 4.18 lakh MT of basmati paddy was recorded, which has come down to 2.86 lakh MT this year, showing that farmers had switched over the permal variety of paddy due to ensured MSP being offered by the government and uncertainty in the price of basmati paddy. "The area under cultivation of permal variety of paddy has increased this year," the CAO claimed.

Official sources said Punjab had seen an all-time high paddy procurement this year, with a jump of nearly 25 per cent as compared to the previous year.

Sources said Sangrur topped the table with procurement of 22.5 lakh tonne, followed by Ludhiana 19.5 lakh tonne and Patiala with 16 lakh tonne. The procurement season also prolonged for 45 days as compared to just a month last year.

from The Tribune

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