New Delhi: Taking the problems being faced by the farmers into account, Union Food Minister KV Thomas has agreed to ease the standards for the procurement of bajra.

The decision was taken during a meeting between Thomas and Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Monday.
“Norms for the procurement of bajra have been relaxed which will bring relief to the farmers,” said Thomas.

After consultations from officials of Food Corporation of India (FCI), the damage rate of bajra has been increased from 2.5 percent to 4.5 percent.

Due to weather change, there are risks of changing colour of bajra.

During the meeting, Hooda also submitted the report of losses farmers had to face last year. Thomas, in return, assured him that the government will compensate for the losses.

A team of officials from the Food Ministry will reach Haryana next week and take stock of the situation.

Following tough norms from the government, the bajra procurement came to a halt since 2009 Kharif season.

Hooda has raised this issue several times after which Thomas assured him of taking a concrete action in this regard.

JPN/Bureau