The paddy procurement season begins at snail’s pace in the Punjab as on the very first day of the season, only 800 tones of paddy arrived in various grain markets.
The farmers were drying the paddy in the sunshine to reduce the moisture in the paddy.
There are total 103 purchasing centers in Patiala from where government purchased paddy but on the Day 1 the government purchased paddy only from the 3 centres which are in Rajpura, Nabha and Samana,
All the remaining 100 purchasing centers wore a deserted look on Day 1 of the season.
However more than 23000 tonnes of basmati has arrived the mandi and since the government agencies do not procure basmati, private firms has started purchasing the basmati.
According to the agricultural experts the procurement will show glow after 6th October as some of the paddy varieties like PR 121, 122 and 140 will be fit for harvesting after three to four days after which they get matured properly.
Many of the varieties like PR 117, 118, 122, 147, 148 and PUSA 44 including PR 121, 122 and 140 have not matured properly and will take 10-2 more days to ripe properly.
The farmers are advised to harvest the paddy in a better way so as to avoid any presence of high moisture
Chief agriculture officer Jasbir Singh Sandhu said that the farmers should be patience in harvesting their crops. If they will harvest their unripe crop then it will be difficult for them to maintain the moisture content in the crops.
Patiala administration has been expecting around 12 lakh tonne of paddy production this year against 11.2 lakh tone last year.