Process begins to end Aarhti and Mandi systems in Punjab and Haryana
Chandigarh(Narinder Jagga): The process to end the Aarhti (Commission agents) and Mandi system has been initiated in Punjab and Haryana. Now in the both states, farmers, private agencies will be able to purchase and sell the crop directly. Moreover there are only these two states in the country, where the Aarhti system exits. In the rest of states, the cooperative societies and FCI procures crops. From this coming season, a national level flour mill will start purchasing direct crop from famers in Kapurthala, while under the new policy of the Central Government, the Private procurement agencies have been authorised for purchase direct crop from this season in Punjab , whereas in Haryana it has already been started. The Haryana Government has started promoting farmers for direct marketing. In Haryana, the many agenda is direct procurement along with other agriculture related issue in An Agri summit, which is going in Rohtak from March 24 to 26.There are approximately 26,000 commission agents in the Punjab and approximately 18,000 Commission agents in the Haryana. Commission agents get 2.5 percent of commission in the crop trading. In Punjab, Rs 50,000 crore is disbursed to the farmers against Rabi and Khraif crop. For the last three years in Haryana , the farmers prefer to sell their crops directly. Therefore a big fall is seen in the income of Market Committees in Haryana. If look to the production and arrival of crops in the mandies, there is very big gap. In Haryana the production of crop in 2013-14 was20.27 lacs bales, but the arrival of crop in the mandies was approximately only 30 percent. In 2015-16 it reached at 8.72, while in 2016-17, it becomes 43 percent. There is some improvement in arrival and production, but not too much. Punjab Mandi Board have Rs 4000 crore income in the shape of market fees and rural development fund, annually. But with the new system the income may fall of Mandi Board. But farmers will able to get good price of their crops with any hurdles.
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