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Centre agrees to implement price support scheme for 'moong' crop in Punjab

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Chandigarh, May 21 (Ajit Weekly News) The Central government on the request of Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann has agreed to implement a price support scheme for procurement of ‘moong’ crop in Punjab.

A spokesperson for the Chief Minister’s office on Saturday said the government of India has conveyed to the state through a letter its approval to implement the price support scheme for procurement of 4,585 metric tonnes of summer ‘moong’, the pulses variety, for the Rabi season of 2021-22.

The letter said the date of procurement would be decided by the state and the procurement period will be of 90 days from the day of its purchase commencement.

The spokesperson said, the communique said a Central nodal agency should verify the availability of scientific storage space before the commencement of procurement.

“The state government will provide a revolving fund equivalent to at least 15 per cent of procurement cost of sanctioned quantity and ensure that the payment is made directly into the bank accounts of the farmers within three days of procurement,” the letter reads.

The summer ‘moong’ is a crop of 65 days with an expected yield of about five quintals per acre.

The MSP of unpolished ‘moong’ is Rs 7,275 per quintal but generally market prices are higher. India imports a substantial quantity of ‘moong’ every year for domestic consumption.

In case the state farmers are incentivized this way, the production of ‘moong’ can be enhanced manifold in Punjab.

At present, the pulses variety is cultivated over nearly 97,250 acres (38,900 hectares) as compared to 50,000 acres during last year.

As per data of the state Agriculture Department, Mansa district led the state in sowing ‘moong’ over 25,000 acres (10,000 hectares) i.e. 25 per cent of the total area sown under this crop in the state. It is followed by Moga 12,750 acres (5,100 hectares) and Ludhiana 10,750 acres (4,300 hectares). The area under ‘moong’ in Bathinda and Sri Muktsar Sahib districts is 9,500 acres (3,800 hectares) and 8,750 acres (3,500 hectares), respectively.

According to Director Agriculture Gurvinder Singh, the ‘moong’ crop has nitrogen-fixing nodules in the root zone of pulse crop which improve the fertility of land by fixing nitrogen in the soil.

Even if the yield of ‘moong’ crop drops, the benefits of nitrogen fixation are available to the next crop. The consumption of urea for the next crop reduced up to 25-30 kg per acre than the recommended dose.

–Ajit Weekly News

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