The Haryana government is making elaborate arrangements for buying paddy at the minimum support price (MSP) in the upcoming Kharif procurement season commencing October 1.
As many as 192 purchase centres are being set up all over the state to procure 50 lakh tonnes of paddy expected to arrive in the mandis during the kharif procurement season 2017-18. Sufficient quantity of gunny bags has already been arranged.
The Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department and state agencies will procure common paddy at MSP of Rs 1,550 per quintal and Grade A at Rs 1,590 per quintal, fixed by the central government.
The state government has also decided to procure Bajra at MSP of Rs 1,425 per quintal by setting up 28 purchase centres from October 1 to November 15, 2017.
The arrangements for smooth procurement of paddy were reviewed at a meeting held here today under the chairmanship of Haryana agriculture minister O P Dhankar.
The agriculture minister asked the officers to make all arrangements much before the start of the procurement season like allocation of 'mandis' and release of paddy procurement and milling policy.
He also directed the heads of procurement agencies to make available adequate number of ultra-modern digital moisture meters in the 'mandis' to facilitate the farmers, an official release said.
Additional Chief Secretary, Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs S S Prasad, Additional Chief Secretary Cooperation Navraj Sandhu, Chief Administrator, Haryana State Agricultural Marketing Board Mandeep Singh Brar, and other senior officers of the state government were also present at the meeting.
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