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Wheat growers find ways to get higher price
Wheat growers are resorting to innovative ways to get more for their produce. While some are hoarding their produce for the next two months hoping for better returns than the minimum support price, others in districts bordering Delhi are selling it in the national capital’s mandis for a higher price.

Still others are selling wheat right in their villages to traders or fellow farmers who pay them more than the MSP and later dispose it of in Delhi’s mandis. A tour of the mandis in Rohtak and adjoining districts revealed that wheat arrivals are tardy because of these reasons.

Encouraged by the rise in the prices of wheat and atta in recent months, the farmers appear in no mood to sell their produce to government agencies at the moment. Those who can afford to hoard it for the next three months or so want the procurement agencies to complete their job before they sell their produce to flour mills and private buyers.

A retired Army officer Raj Dahiya of Bhatt Gaon in Sonepat district said, “The village elders advised me to retain the stocks till July when they expect the prices to go up. So I have stored produce in my house. I am in no hurry to sell it right now. I will try my luck in July. By waiting for another 90 days I have nothing to lose”.

Same sentiments were echoed by farmers in village after village in Rohtak, Jhajjar and Bhiwani districts.

In the villages bordering Delhi, farmers have devised a novel way to take their produce to the capital’s mandis. The gunnysacks of wheat are labelled in the names of their relatives living in Delhi villages and taken by tractor trolleys through the border checkposts on the plea that these are meant for family members and not for sale.

The Tribune found that neither the Haryana Police nor the Delhi Police object to such transportation of wheat. Most even allow the vehicles to cross over even if the bags are not labelled. Farmers were seen carrying their stocks in open trolleys without even packing it in bags.

Policemen at the checkposts said they were also sons of farmers and there was no harm in letting the poor peasants get more for their produce be it in Haryana or Delhi. “After all from Kashmir to Kanyakumari India is one”, one of them quipped.

The going rate in mandis like Narela and Najafgarh is Rs 700 to 750 per quintal against Rs 650 in Haryana. Besides, the market fee in Haryana is considerably higher too. This encourages farmers to prefer Delhi where they earn more even after meeting the cost of transportation.

In several villages, many farmers are buying stocks right in the farmers’ fields at Rs 700 a quintal. They then take it to Delhi mandis along with that of their own for sale there. The stocks are weighed right at the farmers’ doorsteps. Others can choose to accompany the buyer to Delhi, get the wheat weighed there and accept cash at the rate agreed to in the village. Any profits over this rate go to the buyer.

Mahesh Bajaj of Gugheri village near Meham sold his stock to a neighbour. He said he did not even go the mandi as he had a fair idea of how much his produce weighed.

“Besides, my neighbour will not cheat me unlike a city dweller. I have got my profit of Rs 50 a quintal over and above the MSP. Let my neighbour earn something from it as a reward for his enterprise”, he added.

Commission agents in the mandis said the farmers had more business sense now than a few years ago.
MGR Archive 24.4.2006
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