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‘Model’ wheat procurement centre to woo farmers

As per the plan, the proposed centre will have modern amenities to weigh and package wheat procured from farmers. The centre will be equipped with electronic machines, assembly unit and storage and transportation facility.

india Updated: May 09, 2017 12:57 IST
HT Correspondent
In absence of proper centres, wheat is procured on open ground.
In absence of proper centres, wheat is procured on open ground. (HT File Photo)

To increase the procurement of wheat from farmers, the district administration of Shahjahanpur is set to develop the first model procurement centre of the region. The proposed centre is to be developed in Yakupur village under Roza tehsil.

The village was chosen for the centre because of its closeness to Powayan and Khutar tehsils, which along with Roza, are the highest producers of wheat in the region.

As per the plan, the proposed centre will have modern amenities to weigh and package wheat procured from farmers. The centre will be equipped with electronic machines, assembly unit and storage and transportation facility.

“The centre will be modernised on the directions of the procurement secretary,”said district magistrate of Shahjahanpur Narendra Singh, who held a meeting with officials to discuss the plan. “I have advised the procurement officials to submit a budget estimate by Wednesday so that the requirement procurement can be completed next week,” the DM added.

Apart from the new machines, the centre will also have a waiting shed for farmers, a functional canteen to serve refreshments and fresh water in earthen pots. The farmers will be offered jaggery as they wait for their turn. Two CCTV cameras will keep an eye on everyone and everything.

The centre is being developed as part of the state government’s commitment to ensure maximum procurement of wheat this season. The Shahajahnpur district administration has set a target to procure 8.4 MT of wheat this year, a quarter of which has already been purchased.

“The rate of purchase has not been good so far but we hope that the new centre will boost it,” asserted the DM. “If the model works, we aim to develop at least one such centre in each of the six tehsils of the district,” he added.