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Punjab millers hit by slow pace of rice procurement

Once a seasonal business, rice processing has now become an annual occupation

Punjab's rice mills, mostly small and medium-sized units, are running at far below their full capacity, with entrepreneurs attributing this state of affairs to the government's policies. Low levels of rice procurement by the Central and state government agencies are forcing them to operate at low capacity, entrepreneurs complain. Punjab, which contributes a large share to the Central pool for the public distribution system (PDS), has a total of about 3,050 small rice processing mills. These mills process non-basmati rice procured by the Central and state government agencies meant ...