Director Agriculture Jammu reviews arrangements for wheat procurement


JAMMU, Apr 7: Director Agriculture Production & Farmers welfare, Jammu, K.K. Sharma today reviewed the arrangements for wheat procurement in view of approaching harvesting season at a meeting held here at Krishi Bhawan, Talab Tillo.
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.
The Director Agriculture 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 a minimum support price of Rs 1975/Quintals as notified by the 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 the 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.

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