26 September 2020, Chandigarh, IN: Haryana Government will procure cotton from October 1, 2020 through the Cotton Corporation of India (CCI) at the Minimum Support Price (MSP). The state will also increase the number of cotton buying centres.
It is noteworthy that Haryana Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal and Deputy Chief Minister, Mr. Dushyant Chautala held a meeting with Union Minister of Textiles, Mrs. Smriti Zubin Irani, in New Delhi regarding the purchase of cotton in Haryana. In the meeting, reference to the cotton procurement process was discussed with the Union Minister of Textiles. After the meeting, Haryana Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal and Deputy Chief Minister, Mr. Dushyant Chautala interacted with the media.
Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal told the mediapersons that cotton will be procured by the Cotton Corporation of India (CCI) from October 1, 2020 at the Minimum Support Price (MSP). Last year, there were 20 Cotton Procurement Centres in Haryana, which is being increased to 40 this year. The Chief Minister made it clear that during the cotton procurement process, the already standardized cotton norms of moisture up to 12 percent in the context of cotton will be followed and no change will be made.
The Chief Minister said that only 30 per cent of the total cotton production could be procured in the state last year. This year, 100 per cent cotton will be purchased by the Cotton Corporation of India (CCI). Speaking on the suggestion of procurement through arhtiyas on 1.25 percent commission system, the Chief Minister clarified that no assurance has been given by the Centre in this regard. The cotton was not procured through arhtiyas last year as well.
In the context of paddy procurement arrangements, the Chief Minister said that paddy has started coming to the mandis. All arrangements related to the purchase have been ensured.