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October 1, 2022

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Punjab: Wheat grain shrunk due to scorching heat, appealed to the Center to relax the condition, farmers also sought compensation

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Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ekta Ugrahan) general secretary Sukhdev Singh Kokriklan has said that the state government should compensate the farmers for the loss caused by this summer season.

While there is a steady increase in the arrival and purchase of wheat in the mandis of Punjab, this time the scorching heat is becoming a big problem for the farmers in the state. Usually in the month of April, the day temperature remains up to 30-35 degree Celsius, but this year the temperature has reached 46 degree Celsius, due to which the wheat grain has started shrinking. The farmers have taken up this matter with the state government and the state government has also informed the center in this regard.

The Central Government has fixed certain conditions for the purchase of wheat at the Minimum Support Price (MSP). According to these, the amount of moisture in the crop, apart from dust mites, the spread and shrinkage of grains are also assessed. Shrinkage of wheat grains up to 6 per cent is acceptable for purchase at MSP, but farmers say that this time the shrinkage has reached 20-25 per cent. Along with this, it has also had a bad effect on the yield and the crop has been reduced by 10-25 percent.

Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ekta Ugrahan) general secretary Sukhdev Singh Kokriklan has said that the state government should compensate the farmers for the loss caused by this summer season. Apart from the heat, the reason for crop failure is also the interrupted supply of water and electricity. On the other hand, State President of BKU Ekta-Dakonda Buta Singh Burjgil and General Secretary Jagmohan Singh Patiala say that during the month of March, due to extreme heat, the grain of wheat has shrunk and the yield has also decreased by 10-15 percent. Considering summer as a natural calamity, he has demanded compensation to the farmers at the rate of Rs 300 per quintal.

The state government demanded the Center to relax the rules
The Punjab Government has urged the Central Government to relax the rules of crop procurement in view of the increased shrinkage in the grain of wheat. The Secretary, Food and Civil Supplies Department, in a letter to the Central Government, has said that the regional office of FCI is also collecting wheat samples at its level, on the basis of which the report will be prepared. He urged the central government to relax the condition of six per cent shrinkage in the crop so that farmers do not suffer.

This is a natural change and has nothing to do with the farming practices of the farmers. It is unfair for farmers not to buy wheat due to shrinkage. Lalchand Kataruchak, Minister of Food and Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs

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