Paddy purchase begins, 4,035 centres set up across state - ECAS Punjab

Paddy purchase begins, 4,035 centres set up across state

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Chandigarh, September 27

Punjab Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu kick-started paddy procurement at the Rajpura grain market today.

He said the state government had made elaborate arrangements for the procurement of expected arrival of 170 lakh metric tonnes of paddy across the mandis of the state, adding the government was committed to procuring every grain of the produce.

The minister said due to the early arrival of paddy crop, the state government had started the procurement of paddy from today and would ensure early payment of the crop to the farmers.

This time, the Punjab Mandi Board had set up 4,035 procurement centres across the state, including 1,872 official centres, where 30x30 feet space had been earmarked in wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. Besides, mask, soap and sanitiser were being provided to farmers and arrangements for labour, gunny bags and transport for lifting of crops had been completed. He said similar to the wheat season, farmers would be able to bring their produce in the mandis by obtaining the passes given to them through commission agents and these would be of different colour for various days. — TNS

from The Tribune

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