CHANDIGARH, Jun 11: With a view to protect the interests of farmers, the Haryana State Co-operative Supply and Marketing Federation Limited (HAFED) will procure sunflower seed from June 12 to July 31, 2017 at Ambala City and Shahabad mandis at the Minimum Support Price (MSP) of Rs 3,950 per quintal. While stating this today, Chairman, HAFED, Harvinder Kalyan, said that HAFED would procure sunflower seed directly from the farmers through the shops of its member Cooperative Marketing Societies under the Government of India Price Support Scheme (PSS) on behalf of National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India (NAFED). Payment to farmers would be made electronically through RTGS to their bank accounts. He said that as the farmers in the state were selling their sunflower seed crop at the prevailing market rate, which was far below the MSP, the Haryana Government immediately stepped in to protect their interests by deciding to procure their produce at the MSP of Rs 3,950 per quintal, which includes a bonus of Rs 100. This MSP is well above the prevailing market rate, he added.