Wheat farmers paid over Rs 737: Amritsar DC

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, May 2nd

Farmers have been paid Rs 737.81 million for wheat procured by various government agencies. This was said by the Deputy Commissioner on Thursday after a meeting with district administration officials regarding wheat procurement here.

Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Tori said government procurement agencies have procured a total of 440,000 tonnes of wheat so far. He said Pungrain procured the maximum amount of wheat with 124,152 tonnes, followed by Markfed with 104,875 tonnes, Pansap with 90,156 tonnes, Punjab State Warehousing Corporation with 62,962 tonnes and Food Corporation of India (FCI). It said it had procured 19,862 tons.

Washington DC said it requires procuring agencies to ensure payment within 48 hours of purchasing procured crops. Similarly, authorities have been asked to ensure that procured crops are removed from grain markets within 72 hours of purchase.

District Food and Civil Supplies Officer Sartaj Singh said nearly 73 per cent of the procured stock has been withdrawn from the market. He said he expects the stock to rise 90% in the next few days. Farmers did not have to face a lack of space in the grain market because the transportation of inventory to the grain market took place at a fast pace.

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