Wheat procurement campaign underway

Islamabad

In Punjab, the wheat procurement campaign is in progress to achieve this year’s procurement target of four million tons. A total of three hundred eighty two procurement centers are functional throughout the province, Radio Pakistan reported on Sunday.
The official price of wheat is Rs thirteen hundred per forty kg and Rs nine per sack is also being provided to farmers as the delivery charges.
Deputy Commissioner Sargodha Liaqat Ali Chatha has said that transparency would be ensured during wheat procurement process starting from April 24 (Monday) in the district
Talking to media persons here on Saturday he said that strict action would be taken against any irregularity. He said, 1.12 million polypropylene bags and 327,000 jute bags would be distributed on first come first serve basis during procurement process. He told that 13 centers had been established to purchase 134,000 bags whesat from the district.
He said, on the directions of Punjab government the role of middleman had been eliminated and wheat would be purchased directly from the farmers.
Due to recent duststorm and heavy rains, the harvesting of wheat crop delayed for another couple of days, said Assistant Director (Information) Naveed Asmat Kohloon. Talking to APP here Sunday he said, wheat procurement drive is in full swing in South Punjab, however in some area, recent rains damaged standing wheat crop on Saturday evening.
Meanwhile, farmers namely Ahmed Nawaz, Ishaq, Ishfaq informed APP that rain did not affect their wheat crop much, but it delayed harvest for four to five days. They added that they were getting good per acre yield this season. Farmers also expressed satisfaction over arrangements at procurement.
Deputy Commissioner Leyyah Wajid Ali Shah has ordered for taking all necessary measures to maintain transparency and merit in gunny-bags distribution. He also ordered for providing maximum facilities to growers by utilising all possible resources. The DC expressed these views during his visit to wheat procurement centres, along with Secretary Food Punjab Shaukat Ali.—APP

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