Farmers have started bringing wheat to grain markets for procurement in Bathinda district.
Deputy commissioner (DC) Basant Garg on Friday visited the grain markets at Bathinda and Goniana to take stock of the various modalities of wheat procurement.
During his visit, the DC conducted a meeting with representatives of procurement agencies-Pungrain, Markfed, Food Corporation of India, commission agents and farmers. He assured them that the procured wheat would be lifted within 24 hours and payments would be made in a timely manner.
He said the farmers can present their grievances before the concerned officers and share their feedback. He said there was no shortage of gunny bags and added that the district administration had made all necessary arrangements to ensure that farmers did not face any problems.
Garg expected a total arrival of around 9 lakh metric tonnes in the mandis of the district. He said that in view of the expected arrival of the crop, requisite arrangement of gunny bags and storage space had also been accomplished.
He said the necessary basic amenities in the mandis have also been ensured including supply of potable water, cleanliness and lighting to facilitate farmers. He said that procurement agencies will ensure lifting, labour and gunny bags arrangements and there should be no complaint of any negligence.