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Punjab roller flour mills to buy wheat from Uttar Pradesh

Punjab roller flour mills to buy wheat from Uttar Pradesh
PTI | 05:04 PM,Apr 16,2012
Chandigarh, Apr 16 (PTI) Punjab’s wheat growers are unlikely to find many private traders in the ongoing rabi marketing season, with state roller flour mills deciding to buy crop from Uttar Pradesh where crop being available at lower rates. The main intention of buying crop from Uttar Pradesh at lower rates is to compete with the cheap wheat-based products being dumped by UP-based flour mills across Punjab. "We are not going to buy wheat for our consumption from Punjab this year because it is cheaper to purchase wheat from UP than buying it from here (Punjab)," Punjab Roller Flour Mill Association President Naresh Ghai told PTI today. According to wheat-based product makers, wheat prices in Uttar Pradesh rules at Rs 1,050 to Rs 1,085 a quintal as crop is bought below the Minimum Support Price of Rs 1,285 a quintal. "Wheat procurement in UP is not organised the way it is in Punjab. Therefore, the crop rates are prevailing lower in UP," he claimed. Ghai said even after adding freight cost, local taxes and cartage, wheat will cost them Rs 1,265 per quintal from UP in comparison to paying Rs 1,410 per quintal for buying wheat in Punjab. "When we can save Rs 145 per quintal after procuring wheat from several areas like Bareilley, Shahjahanpur, Hardoi, in UP then why we will buy crop from Punjab," he said. High taxes and levies also made wheat costlier in Punjab as state charges about 14.5 of taxes including VAT, commission, market fee, cess against just 6 per cent of taxes levied in UP. A total of 78 flour mills in Punjab require over 7 lakh tonne of wheat for their annual requirement. Punjab-based wheat flour mill owners are incensed over flooding of wheat based products like Maida (refined wheat flour) at 20 to 50 per cent cheaper rates compared to rates prevailing in Punjab. MORE

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