Indian State Government to Reach Farmers Doorstep for Wheat Procurement

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Now, Indian farmers in Uttar Pradesh will no longer have to travel to the buying center to sell wheat in the state. The Department of Food and Civil Supplies is arranging for farmers to buy wheat from village to village through mobile centres, Trend reports quoting India Today.

On Friday, about 11,126.66 metric tons of wheat were purchased. Therefore, to increase purchases, it was decided to buy wheat through mobile buying centers.

For this, a purchasing center in charge will negotiate with vendors at fair prices and village chiefs in rural areas. Previously, wheat was purchased at government centers across the state. However, around 5,700 mobile supply centers have been set up now for the same. Drinking water, shade and other necessary provisions have been made in the centers so that the farmers do not encounter any problems.

Only 1.28 lakh metric tonnes of wheat could be procured last month as the government had set a target to purchase 60 lakh tonnes. The government has faced major challenges in meeting the wheat supply target.

Speaking to India Today, UP Agriculture Minister Surya Pratap Shahi said the government is constantly buying wheat and launching programs to develop it. At the same time, a farmer cannot be limited if he is willing to sell his crop at the market price.

On the other hand, farmers sell wheat for Rs 2050-Rs 2200 per quintal in the Uttar Pradesh market, while the MSP in government supply centers is Rs 2015 per quintal, including Rs 20 for wheat. cost of labor. Therefore, to increase purchases, it was decided to purchase wheat through mobile centers.

The purchasing center in charge will negotiate with vendors at fair prices and village chiefs in rural areas. Then the wheat will be weighed and loaded into the trucks and then sent directly to the Food Corporation of India. The actual distance to the FCI depot will be paid to the transport contractor according to the tender rates.

According to Department of Food and Civil Supplies officials, details of the village and purchases made on what date would be provided by the central purchasing manager. During this time, the village head and the fair price vendor will come to the village and inform the farmers about the arrival time of the mobile team.

The team operating the mobile shopping center will buy wheat from public places in the respective village like Panchayat Bhawan, Fair Price Vendor’s Shop, etc. In addition, the names and telephone numbers of the buying center in charge will be given so that the farmers themselves can take advantage of the facility in contacting them.

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