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Wheat procurement centers to be opened in state to facilitate farmers : Minister

Yadavindra S Rana | April 23, 2021 07:21 PM

SHIMLA:Keeping in view the convenience and interests of the farmers, the state
government has decided to strengthen wheat procurement by opening wheat procurement
centers in the state this year.
Giving this information here on Friday, Agriculture Minister Virender Kanwar said
that farmers of the border areas of the state like Kangra, Solan, Sirmaur and Una took their
produce to sell in neighbouring states of Punjab and Haryana and faced many problems.
Therefore, it has been decided to open wheat procurement center in the state itself for their
convenience.
He said that except Lahaul-Spiti and Kinnaur districts, wheat crop is grown in all the
districts in the state and about 672 thousand metric tonnes of wheat is estimated to be
produced this year. The state government has fixed the minimum support price of wheat at
Rs. 1975 this year.
Virendra Kanwar said that with the help of agriculture department and marketing
board, the procurement centers have been opened at Paonta Sahib and Kala Amb in Sirmaur
district, Kangar (Haroli) and Takrala in Una district and Fatehpur in district Kangra. He
directed to provide necessary facilities for opening wheat procurement center at Nalagarh in
Solan district.
He informed that about 6701 quintal wheat has been procured in the state so far this
year. 5570 wheat has been procured in Paonta Sahib and 367 in Kala Amb in Sirmaur district,
379.50 in Kangar and 132 in Takrala in Una district and 252.50 quintal in Fatehpur in district
Kangra.
He directed the department to make timely arrangements for wheat procurement and
also to provide basic facilities at the procurement centers so that the farmers visiting the
center do not face any kind of inconvenience.
Virendra Kanwar urged the farmers of the state to bring their produce to nearby
procurement centers and sell their products at fixed minimum support price (MSP).

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