MD PUNSUP RAMBIR SINGH VISITS FEROZEPUR MANDIS
TAKE STOCK OF ONGOING PROCUREMENT
Ferozepur: Taking stock of ongoing wheat procurement in the Mandis of the district, the Managing Director PUNSUP Mr. Rambir on Friday visited Ferozepur Cantt, Ferozepur City, Talwandi Bhai, Guru Har Sahai, and Lakho Ke Behram purchase centers.
Expressing complete satisfaction over the ongoing procurement and arrangements put in place amid COVID-19, the MD PUNSUP revealed it was the result of the commitment of State Government and elaborate arrangements that 27,97,108 lakh metric tonnes of wheat had been procured across the state as compared to procurement of 12.86 lakh metric tonne till April 23, 2019. He further pointed out that the arrival of the wheat was 30,10,030 LMT since April 23, 2020, which was more than double of last year’s procurement of the corresponding period.
Accompanied by the Deputy Commissioner Kulwant Singh, the MD PUNSUP also interacted with the farmers and other stakeholders in the said Mandis and assured that every single grain of the farmers produce will be procured in a hassle-free manner across the state. The MD, who was on the visit of Ferozepur, Fazilka, and Moga districts grain markets to oversee the wheat procurement, said that due to bumper crop the Mandis have witnessed the immense arrival of the wheat crop this year, and procurement has also been up in the comparison of the previous year. While interacting with the farmers and commission agents, the MD expressed his complete satisfaction with the arrangements made by the district administration at the purchase center.
Giving the district wise details, the MD said that 17,868 MT crop was purchased in the district Amritsar. Similarly, 1,73,460 MT in Barnala, 2,61,272 in Bathinda, 2,03,880 in Faridkot, 40,035 in Fatehgarh Sahib, 1,16,473 in Fazilka, 1,75,149 in Ferozepur, 30,829 in Gurdaspur, 26,479 in Hoshiyarpur, 1,00,840 in Jalandhar, 71,411 in Kapurthala, 2,11,131 in Ludhiana, 1,81,708 in Mansa, 1,11,107 in Moga, 1,80,332 in Sri Muktsar Sahib, 41,814 in Nawashahr, 1303 in Pathankot, 3,42,296 in Patiala, 27,977 in Roopnagar, 3,96,856 in Sangroor, 42,064 in SAS Nagar and 42,824 Metric Ton wheat crop was purchased in the Tarantaran district by April 23, 2020.
As per agencies-wise details, Pungrain has purchased 21.8 percent crop for the central pool, Markfed 28.5 percent, Punsup 22.0 percent, PSWC 14.4 percent, FCI 8.7 percent, Pungrain has purchased 7.4 percent for DCP, private traders have purchased 0.2 percent and total purchase for central pool has been 92.4 percent in the state.
Deputy Commissioner Ferozepur Mr. Kulwant Singh said that keeping in view the current COVID-19 pandemic, special arrangements were made in the grain markets. A total of 226 purchase centers were set up in the district this year and special curfew passes were being issued to the farmers to enable them to bring their crops at the purchase centers, said the deputy commissioner. Mr. Kulwant Singh further said that every trolley was being sanitized while entering the Mandis besides other arrangements including hand washing, wearing of masks, marking for farmers, and laborers to ensure personal hygiene and social distancing.