STATE TIMES NEWSR S PURA: DDC Member Suchetgarh, Taranjit Singh Tony on Monday appealed to the Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha and Divisional Commissioner Dr Raghav Langer to establish separate Rabi crop procurement centres for the border belt of R S Pura to alleviate the problems faced by the farmer community.In a statement issued here, he said that the farming community of the border belt including villages Sai, Suchetgarh, Baspur Bangla and several other falling in the R S Pura area has to surrender before private millers as there is no government procurement centre in the vicinity and to sell the produce on Minimum Support Price (MSP) the farmers have to travel to distant places which escalates the expenditure due to cost of journey. He said to avoid the carriage expenditure the farmers opt to have trade-off and sell their produce to middle-men or the millers which results in heavy losses. He said non-availability of procurement centres is a big issue as farmers feel fleeced by those who buy their yield by giving much cheaper rates as compared to the MSP fixed by the government. He said, “This is exactly opposite to what Prime Minister Narendra Modi has promised. How come such prejudice will ensure that farmers get double the amount which they are getting today?”Tony said that there is no facility of crop procurement in aforesaid villages and the farmers are compelled to sell their produce to millers which offer very less price.“As the livelihood of most of the farmers solely depend on the agricultural produce therefore the non-availability of procurement centres is proving to be nightmare for these tillers”, he said and added that the rate of Rabi crop at government procurement centre is Rs 1,975 per quintal but the private millers are offering only 1,600 per quintal.“The concerned Department is hand in glove with private millers to exploit the farmers”, he alleged and urged the government to provide such facilities to border villages so that the farmers may not face any problems and get adequate price of their produce. “There is dire need to install more procurement centres near the border villages so that farmers get the facilities at their door steps”, the DDC member appealed to the government and also demanded a robust system to have check on exploitation of farmers by setting up a foolproof mechanism.
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