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Punjab buys 664 tonnes of wheat
The Punjab government has bought 664 metric tonnes of wheat in the province so far under the wheat procurement campaign announced by Chief Minister Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi. This was disclosed in a meeting held with Arshad Khan Lodhi, agriculture minister, who stressed that the wheat procurement campaign would continue till the Food Department had purchased “the last grain of wheat from farmers in Punjab”. He urged participants to keep an eye on the procurement process as well as the market price of wheat and to meet each week. It was said at the meeting that though the wheat procurement target for the year was 3.5 million metric tonnes, the chief minister’s plan was to buy to the “last grain of wheat” from farmers. The minister said that the Food Department had begun wheat procurement on April 1 and had established 380 purchase centres, a number which would be increased if the procurement committee felt the need. He explained that at each centre, wheat farmers were being paid Rs 3 per 100 kilogrammes delivery charges in addition to the wheat price. He said that every farmer could get 100 gunny bags and 200 polypropylene bags on their personal guarantee. So far, 345,000 bags had been given to the farmers. The meeting was attended by Chaudhry Muhammad Iqbal, food minister, Salman Ghani, Planning & Development chairman, Fayyaz Bahsir, agriculture secretary, Shahid Hussain Raja, food secretary, Capt(r) Yousaf, special secretary for agriculture marketing, and representatives of PASSCO.
MGR Archive 10.4.2005
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