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Have BJP-Congress thrown a big wrench in their promise? Paddy farmers wait for new government, know why procurement is stuck


Raipur: Election promises made by political parties to farmers regarding paddy, the main crop of Chhattisgarh, and festivals have had an impact on purchases here. Nearly a month after the start of paddy procurement at Minimum Support Price (MSP) in the state, about 13.21 lakh metric tonnes of paddy has been purchased from farmers, which is less than the quantity purchased last year. According to political experts of the state, promises of purchasing paddy at higher prices by political parties during the election campaign, festivals and moisture in paddy have affected the pace of selling paddy in the state.

According to senior state officials, 13,20,457.80 metric tonnes of paddy has been purchased from 3,17,223 farmers till Tuesday since the purchase of paddy started from farmers in the state from November 1. He said that in the last Kharif season (2022-23), 5.42 lakh farmers had sold 19.30 lakh metric tonnes of paddy during the same period (November 1 to November 29). The state government has set a target to purchase 130 lakh metric tonnes of paddy during the current season.

26.87 lakh farmers have registered
A government official said on Wednesday that 2739 procurement centers have been set up to purchase paddy from farmers. The procurement campaign has started on November 1 and will continue till January 31 next year. He said, “About 26.87 lakh farmers have registered to sell their produce.” The present Congress government is purchasing paddy at the minimum support price set by the Center and is providing ‘input subsidy’ of Rs 9,000 per acre to paddy farmers. giving.

The state government had increased the procurement limit for the current Kharif season from 15 quintals per acre to 20 quintals per acre. This decision has also been included in the party’s election manifesto. Congress has also promised that if it retains power in the state, farmers will get Rs 3,200 per quintal. The party has also promised loan waiver to woo the farmers. The party had earlier also promised loan waiver to farmers in the 2018 elections. It is believed that this had an impact on the elections.

BJP has also played a big bet
The Bharatiya Janata Party has promised that if it comes to power in the state, it will start ‘Krishi Unnati Yojana’, under which 21 quintals per acre of paddy will be purchased from farmers at the rate of Rs 3,100 per quintal. Both the major parties have not clarified from which season of crop procurement the higher price of paddy will be given. Voting for the 90-member state assembly was held in two phases on November 7 and 17. Counting of votes will take place on December 3. Farmers of the state believe that the promises of political parties are having an impact on paddy procurement.

What do farmers say
Leelaram Chandrakar, a farmer from Sawni village of Patan assembly constituency in Durg district, said that most of the farmers in his area have not sold their paddy and the main reason for this is that they are waiting for the formation of the new government. Chandrakar said, “BJP has promised to buy 21 quintals of paddy per acre at the rate of Rs 3100 per quintal. The party has also promised that payment for paddy procurement will be made in one go, whereas the current Congress government gives ‘input subsidy’ at MSP in four instalments. That’s why farmers are waiting till December 3, when the election results will come.

Chandrakar cultivates paddy on 18 acres of land and has not sold his produce yet. He said, “The procurement center is in the village itself. This time there was a delay in harvesting and there is more moisture in the paddy. Paddy with moisture up to 17 percent is acceptable in the procurement centres. One reason is that farmers are not selling paddy.

Expressing similar views, Bhikham Patel, a farmer from Rauta village in Durg district, said, “Apart from election promises, other festivals including Diwali in November have also affected paddy procurement as farmers were busy with festivals.” Patel cultivates paddy in 26 acres of land and so far he has sold his produce grown in 7.50 acres. He also said that farmers are in a dilemma thinking that if BJP wins then 21 quintals of paddy per acre will be purchased and they will suffer losses if they sell their paddy at the limit of 20 quintals per acre before the election results.
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Know where the problem is
Political expert R Krishna Das said, “A similar situation of slow pace of paddy procurement was seen during the 2018 elections when Congress had purchased paddy at Rs 2,500 and promised loan waiver. This time too, farmers are waiting for the election results. He said, “Political parties have not mentioned in their manifesto from which Kharif season the higher price will be given for purchasing paddy.”

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