Officials take stock of paddy procurement in grain mkts


AmritsarPosted at: Oct 9, 2017, 1:36 AM; last updated: Oct 9, 2017, 1:36 AM (IST)

District administration officials watch as workers weigh paddy in gunny bags during procurement at a grain market in the Amritsar district on Sunday. A tribune photograph

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, October 8

Teams of district administration officials visited various grain markets in the district today to monitor the progress of paddy procurement. District Food Supplies Controller AP Singh said 160130 metric tonne of paddy had arrived at various markets out of which 11,882 metric tonne had been procured so far.
Officials said Rs 15.42 crore was released as payment towards paddy purchased till October 4. Deputy Commissioner Kamaldeep Singh Sangha said the procurement process was going on smoothly.
Sangha said, “The procurement at Bhagatawala grain market is facing problems as farmers are bringing produce with more moisture content than the prescribed limits.”
He added that the biggest market is the district was seeing more arrival of basmati than paddy varieties.
Officials said the moisture content in paddy would decrease in the coming days as favourable weather conditions were prevailing. They also advised commission agents to instruct farmers only to bring fully-ripened crop in markets.
The officials, who visited various markets today, include SDMs Rajat Oberoi and Rajesh Sharma, besides Naib Tehsildar Gurvinder Singh.

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