Director Agriculture reviews arrangements for wheat procurement

YB WEB DESK. Dated: 4/8/2021 10:59:59 AM

Jammu, Apr 7 In view of the approaching harvesting season, a meeting was convened by Director Agriculture Production & Farmers welfare, Jammu, K.K. Sharma, here today at Krishi Bhawan, Talab Tillo, Jammu to review arrangements for procurement of wheat produce of Rabi 2020-21. The modalities in this regard were finalized during deliberations wherein attention of participating officers was drawn towards smooth and timely procurement of wheat by the Food Corporation of India directly from producers through DBT. The arrangements regarding space/gunny bags, logistic support and other necessary facilities for organizing procurement mandies by the Food Corporation of India in coordination with the Agriculture and J&K Horticulture Planning and marketing Departments were discussed threadbare in the meeting. Director Agriculture on the occasion maintained that the purpose of opening these procurement centres is to save the farmers from distress sale of their produce and ensure that they get minimum support price Rs 1975/Quintals as notified by Ministry for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare. The officers of Agriculture and FCI departments were directed to select and finalize the location of procurement centres as per feasibility and catchment area. Director informed the meeting that estimated procurement of 10000 to 20000 Metric Tons of wheat is being expected during current Rabi season. He impressed upon the participants to give wide publicity among the farmers regarding this procurement facility as well as adherence to COVID- 19 advisory while operating procurement mandis. It was given out that opening of 10 Wheat Procurement Centers (Mandis) for Jammu district, 8 for Kathua and 2 Wheat Procurement Centers for Samba have been agreed upon this year for wheat procurement. Further it was decided that the process of opening the mandis will be completed from 15th to 20th of April, 2021. Chief Agriculture officers of Jammu, samba and Kathua districts were directed to mobilize the Extension Agency of the department for proper data entries of the potential beneficiaries along with land verification to ensure the speedy procurement.

 

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