Jammu, Oct 9: Government has established 13 centers to facilitate the procurement of paddy at the minimum support price during Kharif Marketing Season 2012-13.
This was disclosed by the Minister for Agriculture, Ghulam Hassan Mir during a meeting convened by him to review the arrangements for running these centres.
The Minister stated that timely opening of procurement centres will ensure that the farmers are not compelled to sell their produce below the minimum support price fixed for the purpose during current season.
He asked the FCI representatives present in the meeting to deploy their staff immediately at the Centres established in Kathua and Samba districts where the crop was already being harvested by the farmers, an official statement said.
He enjoined upon all the participants in the meeting to spare no efforts to ensure smooth procurement of paddy during Kharief Marketing Season (KMS) 2012-13.
It was disclosed in the meeting that the rates of Rs 1250 for common grade paddy and Rs 1280 for A-grade paddy fixed for KMS 2012-13 were likely to be quite attractive for the farmers. It was also disclosed that the requisite number of gunny bags for bagging of the procured paddy has already been requisitioned by FCI and no shortage on this account is envisaged by them.
The requisite staff has also been already posted by the FCI and no effort will be spared to ensure that all paddy brought to the procurement centres by the farmers, which meets the prescribed specifications, will be procured by them.
Earlier, it was disclosed in the meeting that centres have been established at Bishnah, Arnia, R.S. Pura, Sohanjana, Gajansoo, Channu Chak, Pargwal, Khour and Jourian (Jammu District), Ramgarh, Vijaypur (Samba District) Nagri Parole-Chanigran and Sanji Morh (Kathua District), and the provision of requisite infrastructure at these locations, like winnowing fan, weighing machines, hand stitching machine, tarpaulins etc. has also been made available.
The number of winnowing fan would be increased as per the requirement wherever needed.
Director Agriculture, Jammu, and the Deputy Commissioners of Jammu, Samba and Kathua districts, besides officers of the Agriculture, CAPD Department and FCI attended the meeting.