The Haryana government on Thursday announced that wheat procurement this year will start from April 20, instead of April 1, and will be carried out in a staggered manner. This comes in the backdrop of a nationwide lock-down to address the Covid-19 pandemic.
To incentivise farmers to delay the harvest, the State government has announced that ₹50/quintal will be paid extra for arrivals that come between May 6 and May 31 and ₹125/quintal for arrivals between June 1 and June 30. While it is a neat plan on paper, it has left farmers panicking.
By delaying the harvest ...
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