Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Government starts procuring wheat from 1st April

To make things easier for farmers and give them a fair price for their produce, Punjab Government has set up procurement centers all around the state. There are around 1, 823 procurement centers, which have been set up by the Punjab Mandi Board at some of the most essential points in the state.

Government starts procuring wheat from 1st April - Punjab Insight
The purchasing process of wheat will start from 1st April and farmers can get their produce to these centers to sell them at the best available prices. The chairperson of the board, Ajmer Singh Lakhowal and secretary Tejinder Pal Singh Sidhu along with their team have made the required arrangements for this process to go on flawlessly.

With so many centers around different parts of the state, there has to be one control room to keep a check on all of them, this control room has been set up in Mohali and will be looking at all the issues, if any at any of the centers around the state. The rate that has been set by the government for a quintal of wheat is at Rs. 1, 525.

By setting a fixed amount for a fixed quantity it will be fair for the farmers to sell their wheat at these procurement centers as they do not have to worry about getting the right price. The head office for these procurement centers, where a control room has also been developed is located in Sector 65 of Mohali. The control room would be operating from 8 am in the morning till 8 pm at night, so that the concerned parties can come up with their issues at their suitable time. One can also contact the head office via phone at the following numbers: 0172 – 5101649, 0172 – 5101704. Another mobile number, which is available for callers, is, 9914004661.

These procurement centers have been developed, keeping in mind the comfort of the farmers; there is adequate seating arrangement for them along with power supply and drinking water facility. Along with the district officers at the centers, staff members of market committee will also be deployed there so that the farmers are not cheated at any point during the whole process. Special teams, consisting of general managers, chief engineers, have been formed to keep a check on the arrangements at the centers. The farmers coming at the centers will be given the ‘Kisan Health Bima Cards’.

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