Heavy arrivals, tardy lifting leave grain market choked

Ambala
The grain market in Ambala City is choked due to large paddy arrivals and tardy lifting. With not much space left in the grain market, farmers have to wait for hours to offload their produce. Besides, paddy residue is also making things difficult for both farmers and commission agents.

Like every year, despite objections by HUDA Colony residents, farmers are offloading their produce at the HUDA ground.

According to the data provided by the market committee, over 7.68 lakh quintals of paddy has arrived till Friday and the procurement agencies (DFSC and Hafed) are yet to lift over 2.36 lakh quintals of these.

Harbel Singh, a farmer of Sonda village, says, “I reached the grain market but found no space there. After waiting for sometime, I had to offload my produce at the HUDA ground. Though HUDA Colony residents object, we have no other choice. The government should make proper arrangements and expand the grain market, otherwise, we will be forced to offload our produce on roads”.

Duni Chand, president, Kacha Arhtiya Association, says, “It is the same story every year. Arrivals are on full swing but lifting of produce is slow. In the absence of timely lifting, we are left with no space. Paddy residue is another issue that has been creating problems for us, as it consumes space that we can be used to spread paddy. Market committee officials must pay attention to the situation and ensure timely lifting and cleaning of the market”.

An market committee official says seeing the grain market choked for want of space, the administration on Friday allowed farmers to use the HUDA ground to offload their produce.

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