HAFIZABAD - The Pakistan Agricultural Storage and Services Corporation (Passco) has announced to start wheat procurement drive in district from May 7 while distribution of gunny bag from May 5, 2012.

The Passco has been set up 19 centres for the purpose.  Pascco Additional Collector Sohail Ahmad Khan said this while presiding over a meeting here the other day. The participants of the meeting were informed that Passco had fixed a target of 1.4 million bags of wheat in the district at support price of Rs1,050 per 40-kg. It was also informed that every grower and farmer can get 8 gunny bags (bardana) per acre and maximum 200 bags will be issued at a time through draw.

  Meanwhile, DCO Muhammad Asif has constituted 11 member supervisory committee consist of Additional Collector Sohail Ahmad Khan, DO Human Rights M Nauman Hafeez, General Assistant, Allah Ditta Warraich, Hafizabad Assistant Commissioner, Sadia Tehreem, Pindi Bhattian Assistant Commissioner, DDO-Human Rights, EDO-Agriculture, DO-Agriculture, DO-Soil Fertility, and DDO Agriculture Javed Akhtar Padhar.

The committee will monitor wheat procurement drive and ensure transparency in the process.

During the meeting, the Passco officials briefed that the first draw for the release gunny bags would be held on May 5, under the supervision of monitoring committee. Nine token centres were set up for the draw and issuing bags (Bardana) to growers at Hafizabad, Kassoki, Kaleki, Vaneki Tarar, Kolo Tarar, and Sooianwala in Tehsil Hafizabad while Pindi Bhattian, Sukheki and Jalapur Bhattian in Tehsil Pindi Bhattian, Passco official told at the meeting.

District Administration has set up 10 procurement centres in these areas of Tehsil Hafizabad included Solanngi Awan, Iqbal Nagar, Madina Sugar Mills Chowk, Bourianwala, Sawan Pura, Kaleki, Pindi Bouray, Vaneki Tarar, Ramke Chattha and Dharinke Lalke while 9 while 9 procurement centers have been at Tiba Shah Behlol, Pindi Bhattian, Macho Nika, Sukheki, Nouthen, Bhobra, Jalalpur Bhatian and Tahli Goraya in Tehsil Pindi Bhattian.

Addressing the meeting, the Additional Collector said that rights of small growers would be protected at all cost and maximum facilities would be provided to growers at procurement centres.