Ferozepur, October 16, 2012: As on Sunday evening, 3.8 lakh MTs paddy has been procured in the different mandis of the district and Ferozepur is at the top in procurement of paddy, in Punjab.
This information was given by Dr. S. Karuna Raju, Deputy Commissioner, Ferozepur alongwith Joginder Singh Jindu, MLA, Ferozepur Rural constituency, after visiting 20 procurement centres which includes Ratta Khera, Shehzadi, Wada Bhai Ka, Loham, Kabbar Bachha, Mudki, Talwandi Bhai, Sulhani, Ferozshah and Ghall Khurd.
On this occasion, deputy commissioner and MLA were accompanied by SatpalSingh Talwandi, member SGPC, Gurmit Singh president, Nagar Panchayat, Mudki, Rachhpal Singh Karmuwalal, member, Manjit Singh, district mandi officer, Jagandeep Singh, DM Punsup, Jinder Singh, DM Warehouse, Sukhinderjit Singh, DM Punjab Agro, Amrit Lal Chhabra, president Arthia association besides representative of all procuring agencies.
Dr.S.Karuja Raju informed that 128 purchase centres for procurement of paddy, have been established, in the district and during the season, 8.28 lakh MTs arrival of paddy is expected and no problem is being faced by the farmers with regard to procurement, lifting and payment to the farmers.
He further said, Ferozepur District is on the top in purchase of paddy in the Punjab State and as on date, during the season, 3.8 lakh MTs paddy has been procurement, out of which, 60,000 MTs by the private traders.
Joginder Singh Jindhu, MLA from Ferozepur Rural constituency also informed that 47 per cent stocks have been lifted from the mandi out of the total purchase and the remaining would also be lifted in the coming two-three days. He also said that all the procuring agencies are having sufficient gunny bags to meet the requirement of the district. The concerned officers of the procuring agencies, mandi board were also directed to solve the problems of farmers, arthias, labour etc. there and then.
Dr. Raju, Deputy Commissioner also directed the arthias to make arrangements for tarpaulins in the mandis in view of doubtful weather conditions and the secretaries of all the market committees would make a checking in this regard. As on date, there is no damage to stocks in the fields and in mandis, on account of day today meteorological conditions, he added.