Wheat procurement gathers momentum in Gurdaspur

  • Kamaljit Singh Kamal, Hindustan Times, Gurdaspur
  • Updated: May 01, 2015 20:02 IST

As much as 83,580 metric tonnes of wheat arrived at 92 mandis in the district by Thursday evening, of which 57,572 metric tonnes were procured by various government agencies and private traders.

Giving detail, deputy commissioner Abhinav Trikha said here on Friday that the Food Corporation of India (FCI) purchased 11,500 metric tonnes of wheat, Markfed 9,442 metric tonnes, Warehousing Corporation 6,430 metric tonnes, Punjab Agro 2,517 metric tonnes, PUNSUP 9,364 metric tonnes, Pungrain 7,512 metric tonnes and private traders 7,322 metric tonnes.

Trikha said the process of lifting of procured wheat also started on Friday. The FCI has set up a depot at Pathankot, where the procured wheat from Gurdaspur district will be stored.

Sources said jute bags of 50 kg capacity each were being used for containing wheat procured at big mandis such as Gurdaspur city, while wheat procured at smaller mandis such as Qadian was being filled in jute bags with 30 kg capacity each and would be stored at the respective mandis where they were procured.

Sources said wheat procured by the FCI would not have to undergo quality test for unloading the produce at the FCI depot at Pathankot, wheat purchased by private traders and the state agencies would have to undergo a quality test by the FCI officials before it was allowed to be unloaded there.

With a sharp downfall in the wheat yield this season due to untimely rains and extended winter season, the income of the market committees is also likely to reduce considerably. The market committee concerned charges 2% fee from the wheat buyers at mandis and the funds collected as market fee are being spent on the preservation and development of the mandis.

Though the procurement process in the district started on April 29, it was likely to complete within a few days as the production of wheat this year has come down to less than half of the average yield.

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