Price fixed at Rs 1550 for paddy “common”, Rs 1590 for paddy “grade A”
JAMMU: Vice Chairman, State Advisory Board for Development of Kisans (SABDK), Daljit Singh Chib on Sunday inaugurated Paddy Procurement Centre at Jourian in Akhnoor, an official press note read.
Rupesh Kumar Shah, Area Manager Food Corporation of India, Arun Mankothra Assistant Agriculture Extension Officer Jammu, S K Langer, SDAO Akhnoor, Rajesh Langer AEO Jourian, P D Sharma, Ex- Corporator, Jourian besides other senior officers of Agriculture Department and Food Corporation of India were present on the occasion.
According to the press note, Daljit Singh Chib said the procurement centres in the state were increasing in number every year and the facilities to farmers by various agencies and departments were improving. He said that Procurement centre in Jourian is successfully working for last three years benefiting poor farmers to a great extent. This year the centre has been opened earlier than its normal time for the benefit of farmers, he added.
Chib said that the procurement centres would help the farmers in selling their produce at the rates (Minimum Support Price) fixed by the government which have been increased by the government this year and fixed at Rs 1550 for Paddy “Common” and Rs 1590 for Paddy “Grade A”. He said that earlier in absence of such centres farmers were forced to sell paddy at nominal rates of Rs 700 to Rs 800 per quintal, read the note
He further said that J&K SABDK has advocated for permanent mandies for procurement which would permanently solve the problem of farmers in selling their produce. These procurement centres would ensure competition among private millers to give maximum rate to farmers by adopting fair practices hence benefitting the community at large. He urged upon the concerned agencies and departments to put in their best efforts so that farmers do not face any inconvenience in selling their produce. He also highlighted the benefits of Prime Minister Fasal Bima Yojana, KCC (Kisan Credit Card) and other centrally and state sponsored schemes for farmers.
He appreciated the efforts of agriculture department and FCI (Food Corporation of India) for procurement of farmers’ produce and saving them from exploitation at the hands of middlemen. He also directed them to open such paddy procurement centres in Khour and Pragwal. He advised farmers to adopt diversified and organic farming to increase their farm income, the press note added.
Speaking on the occasion, district agriculture extension officer apprised farmers of various schemes of agriculture sector.
Charanjit Singh Jamwal, Tersem Singh, Krishan Dutt, Suraj Prakash, Ranjet Singh, Ajay Khajuria and large number of farmers were present on the occasion.