Bihar buys six crore gunny bags

February 14th, 2012 - 5:57 pm ICT by IANS  

Patna, Feb 14 (IANS) The Bihar government has purchased six crore gunny bags worth Rs.200 crore to achieve the paddy procurement target, an official said Tuesday.

Government agencies involved in procurement of paddy had till last week complained of scarcity of gunny bags.

“It was found true and the government decided to purchase gunny bags to remove any hurdle,” a Food and Consumers Affairs Department official said.

Bihar has till date procured 7 lakh tonnes of paddy against the target of 30 lakh tonnes in this kharif season.

Food and Consumers Affairs Minister Shyam Rajak told IANS that the government was committed to achieve the target.

After two years of successive drought, a bumper paddy crop this season has come as a huge relief to millions of farmers in Bihar.

According to the minimum support price announced by the central government, farmers will get Rs.1,080 per quintal of paddy — up from last year’s price of Rs.1,010.

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