LAHORE - Provincial Minister for Food Ch Abdul Ghafoor has said that foolproof arrangements have been made for procurement of wheat from the farmers of Punjab and Rs 90 billion have been arranged for immediate and timely payment of wheat to the farmers. He expressed these views while inaugurating harvesting of wheat at the farm of Parliamentary Secretary Rana Arshad at Shahkot today. Provincial Secretary Food Irfan Elahi and senior officers of food department were also present. Ch Abdul Ghafoor said that Punjab govt has taken solid steps for improving the living condition of small farmers and like previous year, this year also, 35 lakh metric tons wheat will be purchased from the farmers. Provincial Minister said that the CM Punjab is taking steps for the betterment of the farmers and that is why Punjab government, despite the price of wheat at Rs 750 per maund in the international market, has purchased wheat at Rs. 950 per maund from the farmers which has improved the economic condition of the farmers. He said that wheat is being purchased directly from the small farmers to save them from exploitation so that they could get due return for their produce. He further said that the officials of food department are working round the clock for making the process of wheat procurement transparent so that farmers could not face any problem in this regard. He said that all wheat procurement centers of Punjab are being monitored. He said that in case of any complaint, Minister Food or Secretary Food can be contacted for its immediate redressal. He disclosed that sitting arrangements, clean drinking water and other facilities have been provided for the farmers at all wheat procurement centers.