Hafed restarts mustard procurement
Chandigarh, May 9 (UNI) The Haryana State Cooperative Supply and Marketing Federation (HAFED) has again started procurement operation of mustard in the state following the directions of the state government.
While stating this here today, a spokesperson of HAFED said that the state government has decided to continue to purchase mustard seed till May 20 as it has been observed that farmers at many places were yet to bring their crop to the mandis for the sale under Price Support Scheme (PSS).
The Union government had a few days back stopped purchase of mustard seed from Hafed. Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda took up the matter with the Prime Minister and Union Agriculture Minister to restart the procurement of mustard in Haryana in the interest of the farming community.
The spokesperson said that the Chief Minister has expressed the hope that the Central Government would commence procurement operation soon. Mr Hooda has also directed that the State Government and HAFED should made adequate arrangements for funds and other materials for procurement of mustard seed.
The spokesperson said that mustard would be purchased only from those farmers who had got booked their mustard seed with the concerned society. The farmers should bring their produce before or upto May 20 in the mandis already specified.
The state government has, through HAFED, already purchased highest ever amount of 3.6 lakh metric tonnes of mustard seed. In response to the minimum support price announced by the Central Government, the farmers of Haryana have grown mustard over more than seven lakh hectares of area.
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