‘57-lakh tonne grain in Pun­jab mar­kets’

Sandhu di­rected au­thor­i­ties to speed up the work of pro­cure­ment and lift­ing the grains, says wheat qual­ity bet­ter than last year

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The grain mar­kets across Pun­jab have so far re­ceived 57 lakh tonnes of wheat grain brought by farm­ers who have har­vested their crop, said SK Sandhu, prin­ci­pal sec­re­tary to the chief min­is­ter.

"We have a huge amount of grain ly­ing in the mar­kets across the state and we ex­pect a lot more to be brought in soon," said Sandhu, who was on a day­long visit of the grain mar­kets in Lud­hi­ana on Thurs­day.

He said the qual­ity of the wheat this year was bet­ter than last year.

He said, " On Wed­nes­day it­self, around 10 lakh tonnes of grain was brought by the farm­ers in dif­fer­ent grain mar­kets of Pun­jab."

Sandhu di­rected the au­thor­i­ties con­cerned to speed up the work of pro­cure­ment and lift­ing so that farm­ers were not harassed. "Stern ac­tion would be taken against the of­fi­cials found in­volved in de­lay­ing the process of pro­cure­ment and lift­ing," said Sandhu.

He said, "So far, 48 lakh tonne


of wheat has been pro­cured by dif­fer­ent gov­ern­ment agen­cies."

Sandhu claimed that there was 20% more fod­der than last year.

Talk­ing about the prob­lem of stor­age space for wheat grain, Sandhu said the state gov­ern­ment had made pro­vi­sions for 43-lakh met­ric tonne stor­age.

"More 20 lakh met­ric tonnes space would be cre­ated shortly for stor­age pur­poses," he said.

While Sandhu was vis­it­ing the grain mar­ket on Gill Road, Lud­hi­ana, it be­gan rain­ing, re­sult­ing in sev­eral un­cov­ered sacks of grains get­ting wet.

Sandhu asked the au­thor­i­ties to ar­range for more plas­tic sheets so that the grain could be pro­tected from get­ting wet.

He also in­formed that there was lit­tle dam­age to the wheat crop due to rain, and said the deputy com­mis­sion­ers of the re­spec­tive ar­eas would com­pile a re­port so that the af­fected farm­ers could be pro­vided re­lief by the state gov­ern­ment.

Sandhu also went to the Khanna and Ja­graon grain mar­kets in Lud­hi­ana.

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