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Tuesday, 1 September 2020

Pusa-1509 arrives, fetches low price

Parveen Arora

Tribune News Service

Karnal, August 31

Around 2.03 lakh quintal of early sown Pusa-1509 has arrived in Karnal, Indri and Gharaunda grain markets, but farmers are complaining of low prices being paid as compared to last year.

It is reportedly being procured for Rs 1,500-Rs 1,950 per quintal this season against last year's Rs 2,100-Rs 3,200.

"I have brought early sown variety of 1509 of two-acres that I had sown in the fields of Yamuna. It has been procured at Rs 2,000 per quintal as compared to Rs 2,400 per quintal last season," said Nathi Ram, a farmer. "Already the production was low. Last year, I had got 25 quintal crop but this year it was reduced to just 22 quintal. I was already suffering losses and now I am not even able to recover the investment cost."

Gyan Singh, another farmer whose crop of around 7 acres was procured at Rs 1,950 per quintal, said: "Last season, I sold it at Rs 2,400-Rs 2,600 per quintal but this year the loss is massive."

Agriculture Department Deputy Director Aditya Dabas said it was an early variety of 1509 and it was sown in UP and some parts along the Yamuna in the district. "The early variety of 1509 takes around 75-80 days to mature," he said, adding that there was not much difference in the early and late sown varieties. "Paddy transplantation is prohibited before June 15 and fine has been imposed on defaulting farmers."

from The Tribune

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