The Kharif Marketing Season (KMS) 2019-20 witnessed arrival of 163.49 lakh metric tonnes of paddy in the mandis across Punjab which has been successfully procured within the stipulated time frame by the state procurement agencies (SPAs).
Informing this after felicitating all stakeholders for the seamless procurement operation, the state Food and Civil Supplies Minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu said that anticipating the tentative inflow of produce in the mandis, the Department had made requisite arrangements.
Besides, the elected representatives and the officers of the Food and Civil Supplies Department personally supervised all the procurement operations including purchase, lifting and payments which went a long way in ironing out the mandi-specific hindrances, he said.
Out of the total procurement from various procurement centres in the State, the Government agencies procured 1,62,27,800.22 MT of paddy while 1,21,675 MT has been procured by the millers, he informed adding that amongst the state procurement agencies, PUNGRAIN procured 67,38,908.55 metric tonnes, MARKFED 41,70,380.68 tonnes and PUNSUP procured 33,08,481.28 tonnes while Punjab State Warehousing Corporation procured 17,86,642.99 MT paddy. The Food Corporation of India (FCI) procured 2,23,386.75 MT paddy.
Ashu said that 162.19 LMT paddy has been lifted by November 27 as per the 72-hour lifting norms and prompt release of payments worth Rs 29,328.82 crore have been done to 11,25,238 arhtiyas (commission agents) or farmers against the bills received so far.
“Pertinently, as mandated by the Central Government, the Department of Food and Civil Supplies has introduced the Public Financial Management System (PFMS) for online payment to the farmers and 2,557 farmers were covered under e-payment during this season,” he said.