Chandigarh, April 2
Kashmir Singh today became the first farmer in the state to receive the Minimum Support Price (MSP) payment. Revealing this today, Minister of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumption, Lal Chand Kataruchak said Kashmiri Singh from Mohabbatpur village in Patiala district brought 51 quintals of wheat to Rajpura mandi on March 31 and that it had been cleaned and purchased.
He added today, within 24 hours of the purchase, the department transferred the payment from the farmer, amounting to Rs 1,02,765, directly to his bank account. He said the raising of purchased wheat has also started in Rajpura.
Regarding transport and labor arrangements, he said it was the first time that all labor and transport contracts had been concluded well before the start of the season. . “This has ensured that all Mandis in the state are in a state of readiness, with adequate manpower and trucks,” he said.
Regarding the slow arrival of wheat in the mandis, the Minister said that the harvest is not yet ripe and is expected to start reaching the mandis in Malwa region in significant quantities after April 6, while the districts of Majha would probably see the arrival accelerate. after April 12.
Kataruchak said all arrangements for purchasing wheat from the mandis were in place. He said the farmers were optimistic due to the expectations of a good harvest and that the Punjab government would spare no effort to buy every grain offered for sale by the farmer. —