Ujjain: On the last trading session ahead of Holi, Chimanganj Krishi Upaj Mandi reported brisk arrivals to the tune of 18,000 sacks of wheat on Friday.
Some farmers were offered good rates for their crops. However, farmers had to sell their crop at a rate of Rs 1,500 to Rs 1,600 per quintal. Although a support price has been announced, farmers continued to face problems and sold their crops well below the support price. They reiterated their demand the government should put stop to the malpractices adopted by the grain merchants in this connection.
As per Mandi sources, bumper wheat crop this year was responsible for the farmers demands, as they had to meet overheads in terms of paying the labour etc. They were therefore forced to sell crops below the support price, source added.
The farmers created a ruckus at the Mandi premises over difference in bidding rates and written slips which mentioned a totally different one. According farmers, while they made a bid of Rs1625 per quintal during the auction, the receipts made out to them showed only Rs 1600 per quintal. Similarly, a bid of Rs 1600 per quintal was shown as Rs 1585 on Mandi receipts. This lead to halted transactions for at least 2 hours during which the halt farmers staged a dharna led by the vice president of the Mandi, Bhuru Patel, kisan leader, Padam Singh Patel and Narendra Kachchwaha. The dharna ended when Mandi president Bahadur Singh Bormundal intervened in the matter.
Purchase on support price from Mar 15
Purchasing of wheat based on the government support price will start from March 15. The collector instructed officials to inform farmers about the decision through MMS. He also stated that preparations for purchase based on government price should be completed by Monday.
Collector Sanket Bhondve also instructed officials to certify sowing areas of those farmers who had still not done so, as early as possible. The sowing area of wheat in Ujjain district alone is 2.70 lakh hectares and at least 44,707 famers have certified their sowing areas so far.
Mandi to shut shop for 3 days
Chimanganj Krishi Upaj Mandi will remain closed for consecutive days Saturday, Sunday and Monday due to the weekend as well as the festival of Holi.