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Haryana plans to modify over to machine-driven procurement – chandigarh

Earlier than the paddy harvesting season units in, Haryana authorities is actively planning to step by step change from handbook to machine-driven procurement of meals grains and overcome the looming danger of labour scarcity induced by the coronavirus illness (Covid-19).

In what’s being seen a primary agency step in direction of mechanisation of procurement course of, Haryana State Agricultural Advertising Board (HSAMB) has mooted a plan about introducing stock-lifting machines within the wholesale grain market yards.

The brand new gear will embody motor-operated electrical loaders, bag stackers, digital weighing scales and bag stitching machines. Based mostly on the amount of grain arrival within the mandis, about two to 5 e-loaders and bag stackers will likely be put in in every procurement centre.

“To start with, we plan to introduce these machines in about 80 mandis,” PK Das, further chief secretary (ACS), meals, civil provides and client affairs, mentioned.

“This method can even assist us in eliminating ghost buying of the grains. On the entry and exit factors of the mandis, there could be digital weighing scales that may assist us in amount audit.”

Haryana produces almost 68 lakh metric tonne (LMT) paddy, together with over 25 LMT basmati on about 32 lakh acre land.

As paddy manufacturing consumes large amount of water, Haryana authorities has additionally launched ‘Mera Pani Meri Virasat’ coverage to encourage farmers to modify over to different crop instead of paddy.

Deputy CM Dushyant Chautala, who additionally holds the portfolio of the meals, civil provides and client affairs, in an announcement mentioned as a result of Covid-19, labour scarcity could proceed throughout paddy procurement in October. “In view of this, the state authorities has determined to mechanise the procurement course of,” he added.

Haryana largely will depend on farm labourers from UP and Bihar and most of them had gone again to their native locations amid coronavirus outbreak. As soon as the farmers carry of their harvest to the mandis, the following problem is methods to unload the big volumes, weigh and pack the huge amount of grain.

The delay in lifting of grains results in glut within the wholesale markets as at current, vehicles are loaded manually. “You want a specialised labour for this laborious activity of lifting, loading and unloading of grain baggage. {The electrical} loader will scale back dependence on handbook labour,” the ACS mentioned.

In its proposal to the federal government, the HSAMB has mentioned that these machines can load and unload two to a few baggage per minute and will scale back 75% dependency on labour.

“…Additionally, the time of loading, stacking and unloading will scale back to lower than half,” reads the HSAMB word.

In keeping with Sumedha Kataria, chief administrator of HSAMB, no less than 24 maize dryers will likely be purchased for 3 Kurukshetra mandis (Ladwa, Babain and Pipli).

The maize arriving within the markets accommodates excessive moisture starting from 24% to 46%. Drying of maize throughout the peak arrival interval is a troublesome activity for farmers as handbook drying is a labour-oriented and time-consuming course of.

These machines can scale back excessive moisture of maize to regular purchasable moisture 18% to 20% in seven to eight hours. “Being moveable, these machine will be shifted from one mandi to a different as per requirement,” Kataria added.

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