By admin       2017-10-03

Abohar, September 28:The purchase of the Narma variety of cotton officially began today in the new grain market here but neither farmers nor ginning and pressing factory owners felt enthused.Realising that the traditional practice of offloading and uploading of produce may lead to complications, Punjab Mandi Board officials and representatives of Arhtiya Association agreed to allow purchase directly from the vehicles which were parked in the cotton yard. The cotton would later be offloaded in ginning and pressing factories.The inaugural price offered today for a quintal was Rs 4,295. Later, most of the produce was purchased for a price ranging from Rs 4,200 to 4,300.Dismayed at it, farmers including Jaswinder Singh, Amrik Singh and Kuldeep Singh said Narma cotton was purchased from Rs 5,200 to 5,500 last year.Farmers were expecting better rate this time as the cost of inputs had increased due to the Goods and Services Tax (GST) imposed by the Centre, they said.The state government had assured better remunerative prices for agricultural products, but today’s beginning has shattered our hopes, they added.As many as 325 vehicles loaded with cotton were considered in the purchase process.Market Committee secretary Sulodh Bishnoi said the total cotton arrival here has been recorded as 71,151 quintals and surveys indicated that arrivals would continue till April next year. Last year, the total arrival stood at 7.48 lakh quintals.Punjab Factories Association state president Suresh Bansal said eight cotton ginning and pressing factories had come forward to purchase cotton. The Cotton Corporation of India has offered Rs 4,200 per quintal but private traders were offering up to Rs 4,300.Bansal flayed Punjab State Power Corporation Limited officials for erratic power supply which he feared would affect cotton purchase.“We pay about Rs 2 lakh to PSPCL on account of consumption, but the attitude of the officials concerned is non-cooperative and deplorable,” Bansal said. He has filed a complaint against a junior engineer.Confirming that Bansal had filed a complaint against a junior engineer, PSPCL senior executive officer Malkiat Singh said the chargesheet was being processed and suitable action would be taken. There is some technical problem as old wires were being replaced. The situation would improve within the next three days, he added.

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