‘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
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.