Punjab Cabinet reviews paddy procurement

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Chandigarh, Sep 19 (UNI) The Punjab Cabinet today reviewed the arrangements of paddy procurement in the state during the current Kharif Marketing Season (KMS) to ensure smooth, efficient and quick procurement.

It was informed in the meeting that the production of paddy was likely to touch 144 lakh MTs, out of which 135 lakh metric tonnes (MT) of paddy was likely to be marketable surplus.

During KMS 2006-07, 105.63 lakh MT paddy was procured by the Government procuring agencies and 20.15 lakh MT was procured by the traders and millers.

It was informed in the Cabinet that elaborate arrangements had been made for the procurement of 110.00 lakh MT against the expected market surplus of 135 lakh MT. The balance quantity of 25 lakh MTs is expected to be procured by the rice millers/traders.

Approximately 1,546 purchase centres had been set up for the smooth procurement. The paddy would be procured by six procuring agencies -- Pungrain, Markfed, Punsup, PSWC, PAFC and FCI.

The Cabinet also approved the grant of relief to the tune of Rs 2.50 crore out of the state budget for disbursement to the farmers affected by water-logging in Muktsar and Faridkot districts. This relief has been given under 'no crop sown' pattern.

The meeting of the Cabinet, chaired by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, was held here this evening.

UNI

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