Punjab is all set to achieve a new record wheat procurement of 140 lakh tonnes this season,state food and supplies department officials said Tuesday. Punjab is all set for achieving a new record in wheat procurement as the state government would begin the biggest ever procurement operations in the state from April 1, an official spokesman said.
Food and Civil Supplies Minister Adaish Partap Singh Kairon and Chief Secretary Rakesh Singh Tuesday held a meeting with the managing directors of all procurement agencies here and reviewed the procurement procedure.
Giving the details,the official said that the state will set up 1,770 procurement centres this time. The minimum support price (MSP) for wheat has been fixed at Rs.1,350 per quintal this time.
The state expects to procure 140 lakh tonnes of wheat against 129.35 lakh tonnes it procured last season.
The state agencies are expected to procure 112 lakh tonne while the FCI would procure 28 lakh tonne this season. According to state agriculture department,161.59 lakh tonnes of wheat production is expected this year. Bulk of the crop is expected to arrive in grain markets and procurement centres after Baisakhi.
The spokesman said payment for the wheat procured would be made to farmers within 48 hours and the wheat stocks would be lifted within 72 hours. Arrangements were being made for availability of adequate number of gunny bags and also storage space for the wheat.