Beside paddy crop onset nearly coming to an end, crop purchasing in Punjab and Haryana is expected to persist at about 147 lakh tonnes, roughly 16% less than what was previously the start of procurement in Kharif marketing season 2014-15.

Punjab and Haryana had aimed to obtain 175 lakh tonnes of paddy for the central pool.

An official of Food Corporation of India (FCI) “Paddy procurement will be less than the aim because of increase in basmati estate.”

Till now, paddy procurement in Punjab has touched 117.62 lakh tonnes as versus initial target of 140 lakh tonnes.

Official said “Paddy procurement in Punjab is projected to stay more or less what has been procured till now as crop arrivals have now been negligible in grain markets.”

In Haryana also, paddy purchase is doubtful to touch the targeted number of 35 lakh tonnes with crop elating stretching 29.72 lakh tonnes. An official of Haryana Food and Supplies department said, “Farmers are now bringing lesser quantity of paddy crop in grain markets.”

Reduced paddy procurement implies smaller contribution of rice from Punjab and Haryana to the central pool. Punjab and Haryana had seen paddy procurement at 127 lakh tonnes and 35.87 lakh tonnes individually in the previous term. Space in basmati crop this season in Punjab moved up by 55% to 8.62 lakh hectares this year, by around 30 % of total paddy being under basmati.

The yield was estimated to spread 34 lakh tonne versus 22.65 lakh tonne logged previous season, making a excessive situation.

In bordering Haryana, 40% of total zone under paddy, which is 11.38 lakh hectares, is under basmati crop Whole space under paddy in Punjab and Haryana was attached at 28.20 lakh hectares and 11.50 lakh hectares individually in kharif season.

Particularly, because of shortage of rains, farmers of together Punjab and Haryana had to expend Rs 6,000 to Rs 7,000 per acre additional money on diesel and expanding of tubewells for dampening paddy.

Administration of Punjab and Haryana had pursued fiscal help of over Rs 2,300 crore and Rs 850 crore, individually, from the Centre to allocate with postponed cloudburst and lengthy dry glamor situations.

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