(*10*)Chandigarh, April 8
The wheat procurement in Punjab will begin from April 10 and all vital preparations have been made for it, Food and Civil Supplies Minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu stated right here on Thursday.
He stated in the course of the present season, the procurement companies, in addition to the FCI, would procure wheat at a minimal help worth of Rs 1,975 per quintal.
He stated the state’s Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Department has expressed the potential for the arrival of 130 lakh metric tonne wheat in the state’s ‘mandis’.
In an announcement, the minister additional stated the state authorities has elevated the variety of procurement centres from 1,872 to 4,000.
Ashu additional stated in the course of the 2020-21 Rabi season, the state authorities has made preparations for brand new jute sacks of fifty Kgs for the procurement of wheat for the central pool.
Due to the Covid-19 scenario, the Punjab authorities had earlier determined to begin the procurement season from April 10 as an alternative of April 1, the minister stated, including the procurement would proceed until May 31.
He additionally stated a token system has been launched in the state’s ‘mandis’ to allow farmers to systematically convey their wheat to mandis.
Apart from this, the social distancing norms would even be enforced there in ‘mandis’, he added.
Ashu stated the ‘mandi’ labourers would even be given masks.
He stated all of the deputy commissioners have been directed to make satisfactory preparations for the wheat procurement in ‘mandis’.
District-level management rooms and ‘mandi’-wise grievance redressal committees have additionally been shaped to type out any subject raised by farmers, he stated, including the Food and Civil Supplies Department too has arrange a management room at its Head Office for the redressal of farmers’ complaints. (*10*)— PTI