Bathinda, October 8
The late supply of paddy to the mandis in the district has left farmers in a dilemma. With clouds hovering in the sky and piles of grain lying in village-level supply hubs, farmers are quite unsettled. Even bardanas (jute sacks) have not even been provided to many mandis so far.
The supply of paddy had officially started at statewide mandis on October 1.
Sources said paddy procurement only takes place at major supply centers, not village centres.
The weather is another source of concern. The Department of Meteorology forecast cloudy weather with a chance of rain in some areas of Malwa region.
Products have started arriving in the village centers of Balluana, Daan Singhwala, Jandanwala, Ganga, Kothe Natha Singhwala, Ablu, Khemuana, Virk Kalan, Buladhewala, Behman Diwana, Sivian and many other villages. However, no supply has yet started here.
Karnail Singh, a farmer from Daan Singhwala village, said, “What about supplies, even the jute bags were not provided to the mandi. Agencies such as Punsup, Markfed and FCI have started purchases in major mandis in the district. »
On the other hand, Mandi Council and DFSC officials claimed to have made elaborate arrangements for the supply of paddy in the district.
Rajnish Goyal, Mandi District Officer, Bathinda, said, “Across 10 supply centers in the district, 1,401 tons of paddy arrived at mandis. Of this total, 719 tons have been purchased by different agencies so far. »
No buyers at the moment
I brought my products to the mandi, but no one came to buy them so far. Surjit Singh, a farmer