According to the local sources it has been indicated that paddy-growing farmers of the region have suffered massive losses with the price of their produce as it has been recorded a sharp decline in the paddy price over the past three years. Further, growers explained with unhappy note that 1509 variety of paddy, which used to fetch up to Rs 4,200 per quintal in 2013, now was it purchased at around Rs 3,000 in 2014. While this year, the minimum support price (MSP) of this variety has been fixed at Rs 1,450 a quintal by the Indian government, which shows a steep fall in paddy prices.
Further, in this regard the farmers in the region informed that the 1509 variety of paddy which was being purchased at Rs 1,450 per quintal, now the 1121-basmati variety was also fetching a low price in the range of Rs 1,500 to Rs 1,800 per quintal and the farmers are at present in very difficult situation. The cost of farm inputs is much more than the returns in the form of the price of our produce which are being received. It has been revealed that due to the price crash, natural calamities and disease-attacks, an average paddy farmer is suffering losses around of Rs 15,000 to Rs 25,000 per acre.
According to a visit by the reporter to the local grain markets, it was narrated that most of the paddy-growers have brought 1121-basmati paddy, which is being purchased by rice-millers for Rs 1,500 to Rs 1,800 per quintal, however, that the 1509 variety is being procured by the government agencies at the MSP of Rs 1,450 which was maintained. Further, the farmers who have brought their produce to the Rohtak grain-market in Haryana, expressed with sad that farmers who have taken land on contract for farming are the worst sufferers as their input cost is much higher as compared to those who have their own agricultural land. It was also informed by the suffered farmers that the government has also increased their water charges supplied for irrigation of the paddy crop.