Haryana to buy one lakh tonnes bajra at MSP this year
Anticipating higher arrival this year, Haryana government has set a target to procure one lakh tonnes of bajra at minimum support price, three times more than the amount it procured last year.
Karan Dev Kamboj, minister of state for food, civil supplies and consumer affairs, said procurement of bajra will start from October 1. The grain will be distributed to the consumers under public distribution system (PDS) in December, January and February, he said.
The minister said farmers should get their bajra crop registration done in the agriculture department of their respective areas, to help ensure the government does not procure the grain from farmers of Rajasthan and other states in Haryana, or from merchants.
Last year, Haryana had procured 31,449 tonnes of bajra. Kamboj said procurement of bajra was introduced in the state during the tenure of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 2003. It was stopped in 2012 during the UPA regime. The present central government again started procurement of bajra in 2015.
He said all deputy commissioners of bajra producing districts and the director of the department of agriculture and farmers’ welfare have been given instructions to report about the arrival of bajra in mandis. If bajra arrival is earlier than the scheduled time then procurement will start this month itself on the farmers' demand, Kamboj said.
By BOA Bureau