Paddy procurement starts in Punjab

September 29th, 2008 - 8:21 pm ICT by IANS  

Chandigarh, Sep 29 (IANS) Procurement of paddy started Monday in 1,622 procurement centres set up across Punjab.The procurement will be done by five agencies of the Punjab government and the central government’s Food Corp of India (FCI).

Punjab aims to procure 12.5 million tonnes of paddy this season. The procurement process will extend till Dec 31.

A state food and supplies spokesman said farmers would get a minimum support price (MSP) of Rs.850 per quintal for the common variety and Rs.880 per quintal for the A-grade variety.

Procurement officials and district authorities have been asked to provide facilities to farmers at procurement centres, especially Asia’s biggest grain market in Khanna, and release their payments within 72 hours.

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