Cotton Corporation of India’s procurement to start, with norms for social distancing

Written by Parthasarathi Biswas

Updated: April 15, 2020 3:05:25 pm

Cotton procurement at a mandi in Mansa. (Express Photo by Gurmeet Singh)
Cotton procurement by the Cotton Corporation of India (CCI) is all set to begin quickly as states work out norms to be adopted so as to management the circulation of farmers within the wholesale markets. This would come as a reduction to the cotton growers as round 25 per cent of the produce nonetheless stays with the farmers.

Soon after the lockdown was introduced, commerce was suspended in wholesale mandis dealing with agricultural commodities. The state and the central authorities had allowed the functioning of the mandis dealing with important commodities like meals grains, greens, fruits oilseed and so forth. But the functioning of kapas (uncooked unginned seed cotton) yards had, nonetheless, not began given the dearth of readability on this regard.

Dr P Alli Rani, CMD of CCI, had written two letters to the chief secretary of the states to direct the mandis to begin the operations of kapas procurement. CCI’s procurement is by way of the mandis with the Agricultural Produce Marketing Committees (APMC)s certifying the farmer’s produce. “As around 25 per cent of the kapas still with the growers, this lockdown and suspension of trade had created uncertainty among them,” she stated. Technically, the CCI’s operations underneath which the company procures cotton from farmers on the authorities declared Minimum Support Price (MSP) of Rs 5,550 per quintal continues until September, however the pace of procurement slows down submit February. This yr CCI has procured a document 84.5 lakh bales (every bale weighing 170 kgs) of ginned cotton until now.

Subsequently, states like Maharashtra, Punjab and Telangana had issued pointers to enable procurement operations of Kapas. Gujarat can also be anticipated to challenge a tenet quickly. Around three of the Mandis in Maharashtra are anticipated to resume their kapas operations from subsequent week. In order to management the gang, district collectors have requested mandis to take measures like issuance of hourly passes to farmers, which might see a restricted quantity of growers coming to the markets.

However, the labour downside on the mandis and the ginning and urgent mills, that are outsourced by the CCI for their operations, have develop into a significant challenge for the company.

At the farmers’ finish, transportation of uncooked kapas to the mandis can also be a problem.

Same is the state of affairs on the ginning and urgent mills have been the uncooked kapas is combed and pressed into bales. Besides, the transportation of pressed bales has hit a street block as drivers are onerous to discover on condition that it’s seasonal in nature. Also as a result of most migrant labour from Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkdhand have left for their house states proper in the beginning of the lockdown.

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