Govt To Start Maize Procurement Centres Soon: Zulfkar

 JAMMU, OCTOBER 22 – Minister for Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs, Zulfkar Ali today chaired a meeting to discuss the process for establishment of Maize Procurement Centres in potential areas of the state by Food Corporation of India(FCI).  

The Minister sought district wise details regarding maize production, command area and sites for establishment of procurement centres (mandis) from the officers of Agriculture Department.

The Minister was informed in the meeting that Rajouri produces about 1,10,713 MT maize every year including 80,640 MT in  Poonch, 39,600 MT in Reasi, 9,039 MT in Samba and 65,379 MT in Kathua.

The Minster said that the Agriculture Department will provide logistical support to FCI for starting these procurement centres in the state on trial basis for the first time. The government has taken this step to make the state self-sufficient and reduce dependency on neighbouring states for procurement of food grains, paddy and maize, he added.

The Minister said that all the nodal formalities would be completed shortly for opening maize procurement centres at Mankote, Mendhar, Harni, Surankote, Chalas, Lam, Siot, Dhangri, Doongi, Palangar, Billawar, Reasi, Pouni and Raipur-Domana.

He directed the officers to conduct awareness programmes on regular basis for educating the farmers about the benefit of selling maize to FCI and the farmers should be encouraged to take optimum benefit of various state and centrally sponsored welfare schemes.

Earlier, the Minister also inaugurated paddy procurement centre at Channu Chak in Marh. Vice Chairman J&K State Advisory Board for Development of Kisans Daljit Singh Chib, MLA Marh Sukhnandan Choudhary, Director, Food Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs GS Chib, Director Agriculture Department Ashok Malhotra, General Manager FCI Kishore Kumar and other officers of concerned departments were present on the occasion.

While addressing the gathering, the Minister said that the government is laying stress on opening of adequate paddy procurement centres in the state for ending the role of middlemen, check exploitation of farmers at the hands of private players and ensure maximum return to them for their produce.

The Minimum Support Price of paddy common has been fixed at Rs 1,470 per quintal and paddy grade-A at Rs 1,510 per quintal for current Kharif Marketing Season 2016-17.

Speaking on the occasion, MLA Marh Sukhnandan Choudhary appealed the farmers to bring clean and moisture free paddy to the procurement centres so that they don’t face any difficulty in getting their paddy accepted by the FCI. The vision of PM Narendra Modi is to double the income of farmers by 2022 and the state government is working relentlessly to provide best possible facilities to them, he added.

Meanwhile, the Minister also launched consumer helpline of Legal metrology Department for registering their complaints regarding less weighment/less delivery of purchased goods, non-marking of declaration on packaged goods, unfair trade practices and deficiency in services by the shopkeepers.

The consumers can register their complaint on toll free number 1800-180-7105.

The Minister directed the officers of Legal Metrology Department to maintain a register of complaints and submit the details regarding redressal of complaints to his office twice every month.

Joint Controller Legal Metrology Department VS Sambyal, Deputy Controller LMD Manoj Prabhakar and inspectors of LMD were present on the occasion.



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