Bhopal : Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan reviewed wheat procurement in Mantralaya today. In the meeting it was informed that the work of procuring wheat from the farmers in the state is going on smoothly. On Tuesday (May 4), a record procurement of more than five lakh metric tonnes was made in a single day. So far, a total of 45 lakh metric tonnes of wheat have been purchased from eight lakh farmers in the state. The purchase made in 40 days last year, has been made in 20 days this year. An amount of Rs 4,175 crore has been paid to 4 lakh 90 thousand farmers.
Chief Minister Shri Chouhan said that a detailed description of estimated procurement should be obtained from the districts where there is excess production. This will not cause inconvenience in storage and other arrangements in the near future. Chief Minister Shri Chouhan also obtained information regarding arrangement of bags (bardan). Principal Secretary Food and Civil Supplies Shri Shiv Shekhar Shukla informed that arrangement of bags have been made for more than 100 lakh metric tonnes of wheat. Principal Secretary Agriculture Shri Ajit Kesari informed that procurement work has been simplified with the opening of the mandis. Three fourth of the farmers have availed benefits of the Sauda Patrak system. SMS is also being sent continuously for procurement of lentil, gram and mustard and this work is gaining momentum.
Chief Secretary Shri Iqbal Singh Bains and those concerned were present in the review meeting.