Chandigarh: After “successful” procurement of 128 lakh metric tonne (LMT) of wheat, Asia’s largest wheat procurement operations, despite the Covid-19 challenge, Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh on Sunday lauded farmers, arhtiyas, labourers and all government agencies.
The chief minister complimented the departments of agriculture and food and civil supplies, along with their agencies, including Markfed, Punjab State Warehousing Corporation, Punsup, as well as the FCI.
The chief minister also appreciated food and civil supplies minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu for successfully accomplishing the massive task of wheat procurement, besides prompt lifting and ensuring timely payment to the farmers for their produce. He lauded the concerted efforts of deputy commissioners and police personnel as well as other government staff involved in the procurement process.
ACS, development, Viswajeet Khanna said that to facilitate the pre-harvesting necessities during lockdown, the department of agriculture had successfully coordinated the tracking, screening and supervision of all combine operators entering Punjab borders, till the completion of the harvesting operation. Medical check-up of such combine operators was ensured before the start of work, and sanitization of combine harvesting machines and straw reapers was ensured by department, apart from enforcing social distancing, face masking and hand washing measures.
ACS said that Punjab Mandi Board provided Covid-19 safety stations in every mandi, each of which was equipped with a hands-free hand washing unit and sanitiser, in addition to free distribution of 1.6 lakh masks and 35,000 litres of sanitiser.
Principal secretary food and civil supplies K A P Sinha disclosed that of the wheat sown across 35.08 lakh hectares, 127.62 LMT had been procured by the agencies during this difficult phase.