Basmati, PR-106 fetch good prices in Punjab
Farmers who have sown basmati (PUSA-1509 and PB-1121) and an old non-basmati variety (PR-106) in Punjab are reaping a good harvest this year. While the premiere aromatic paddy is fetching almost 45 per cent higher rates than last year, PR-106 is fetching over 70 per cent more than the minimum support price (MSP).
While farmers are getting the MSP of Rs 2,060 per quintal for non-basmati paddy, an almost redundant variety (PR-106) grown by a select few in south Malwa is fetching them between Rs 3,500 and Rs 3,600 per quintal. The PR-106 variety was being purchased entirely by private traders.