Amarinder asks FCI to collect crops with less than 12 pc moisture

Amarinder asks FCI to collect crops with less than 12 pc moisture

Agency News

Faridkot, Apr 24: Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh has asked the Food Corporation of India (FCI) to pick up all crops with less than 12 per cent moisture arriving at the mandis without further delay.

The Chief Minister, who stopped on way from Sangrur to Fardikot to make a surprise visit at a mandi, personally checked the moisture content of the grains and directed FCI to ensure that all arrivals with moisture below 12 per cent should be picked up immediately.

Capt Amarinder asked the Deputy Commissioner to supervise the procurement operations on a day to day basis send him detailed reports so that any problem or delay in the process can be tackled on priority.

Responding to complaints by some farmers that FCI was not procuring their grain, he immediately called up the FCI Inspector in charge of the procurement at the Mandi and directed him to get the grain picked up without further delay.

The Chief Minister had, earlier this week, written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking relaxation in the specifications for wheat for procurement in the current season, in view of the crop losses suffered by farmers due to unseasonal rains.

Capt Amarinder has also asked the Prime Minister to direct the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution to depute a team of experts to visit Punjab to assess the loss in quality of wheat due to the rains so that suitable revised specifications can be laid down.

He urged the prime minister to order appropriate relaxation in specifications without any value cut, which would compound the problems of the farmers who had already suffered significant crop losses due to the rains and winds that lashed the state from April 16 to 18.

Capt Amarinder Singh pointed out that such rains at the time of maturation of wheat crop had caused damage to the standing crop and also affected the quality of the wheat grains because of water logging, leading to loss of blackened grains. (UNI)