Private agencies bought 66% of the 12,000 tonnes of paddy sold in Punjab on Saturday on the first day of the 2022 kharif marketing season, which saw 29,000 tonnes arrive in agricultural markets, according to official data. .
Patiala recorded a maximum arrival of more than 5,000 tonnes of non-basmati varieties. Private entities purchased about 8,000 tons and government bodies purchased the remaining 4,000 tons, according to data from the Punjab Mandi Board. About 17,000 tons of paddy remained unsold on the first day of the official purchase of the main kharif crop.
Out of 22 districts, eight including Bathinda, Pathankot and Sangrur reported no arrivals on Saturday. Patiala, Amritsar, Kapurthala, Hoshiarpur and Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar districts were the main districts to see crop arrivals.
The Center has allowed 17% moisture in the paddy crop as the state is expected to produce 191 lakh tons of parmal rice this season. Crop moisture reaching grain markets was well below allowable standards, officials from the Punjab Civil Food and Supply Department said.
“The state government made elaborate arrangements for the supply, and staff from the food department and four supply agencies reached mandis. Authorities are monitoring to ensure adequate availability of jute sacks,” said an officer with the Punjab Food and Civil Supplies Department, who wished to remain anonymous.
The Mandi Board has notified more than 1,800 shopping centers across the state. To avoid a glut in mandis, temporary buying centers are being identified for the supply of paddy.
“State authorities have decided that unlike the previous year, no temporary mandi will be established in a rice mill,” said Rajnish Goel, mandi officer for Bathinda district. “This was done to verify paddy recycling malpractice.”