Tribune News Service
Bhiwani, September 22
The delay in procurement of bajra and moong by the government agencies has forced farmers to sell the produce at prices below the minimum support price (MSP) in Siwani Mandi of the district.Ombir Singh, resident of Matani village, who had grown Moong crop in about two acres, said they received a twofold blow as the already low crop yield was being sold at a very low rate.
Singh said he sold a quintal of moong for Rs 4,000 while the MSP was Rs 5,225.Rajbir Singh, a farmer from Nalaoi village, sold bajra to a commission agent for Rs 1,150 per quintal despite MSP of Rs 1,330.Rajender Singh of Matani village rued the government agencies were yet to begin procurement even as farmers were selling their produce. He alleged this would benefit private players who would earn rich dividends by selling the crop at MSP to the government.Dayanand Poonia, general secretary, Akhil Bharatiya Kisan Sabha, alleged the delay in procurement was intentional and denoted government’s failure in ensuring the farmers received their due.However, SDM Shalini Chetal denied the farmers were being forced to sell their produce at prices below MSP. “The government and not the district administration will decide when to start the procurement process,” she said.