Punjab Minister Bilal Yaseen said that the government has finalised all the arrangements regarding the provision of facilities to farmers during wheat purchasing campaign.

He added that provision of gunny bags will start in 2 days. He asked the farmers to sell wheat at government’s purchasing centres. He was addressing a meeting held to review the arrangements for wheat purchasing in Bahawalpur Division.

The minister said that the Punjab chief minister was monitoring wheat purchasing campaign and all centres had been computerised and interlinked from which the process on the wheat purchasing centres will be monitored.

He said that the small farmers would be benefited and the government would ensure appropriateness in this regard. He added that the government would purchase 4 million metric ton wheat for which Rs130 billion had been allocated.

He said that the process would be expedited while transparency would also be ensured and in case of any complaint he or any other official can be contacted at any time.

Provincial Secretary Food Dr Parvaiz Ahmad said that in Bahawalpur Division, 70 wheat purchasing centres have been established, and in the first 15 days, 70pc gunny bags will be distributed to the farmers. He said that throughout the division, a target of purchasing 716,000 metric ton wheat has been fixed.

Director Food Asif Iqbal Lodhi briefed the participants of the meeting regarding the arrangements for wheat purchasing centres. He said that the government would ensure the purchasing of wheat from the farmers and no one should be blackmailed.

78,000MT TARGET FOR AHMEDPUR: Eight wheat procurement centres have been set up at Chanigoth, BalaJhulan, Head Punjnand, Uch Sharif, Kotla Musa Khan, Hatheji, Ahmedpur East and Mubarakpur of Sub-division AhmedPur East where 78,000 metric tonne wheat will be purchased from growers.

This was stated by Assistant Commissioner Rana Amjad Ali while talking to newsmen. He said that eight gunny bags will be given against per acre land to growers. Food and revenue departments’ officials have been deployed on the food centres. To a question, the assistant commissioner said that during the last four months, 1,470 raids were conducted in markets to check prices, and the administration realised a fine amounting Rs 619,000 from the profiteers. Moreover, one adulteration case, and three cases under price control act were registered during the period besides the arrest of four profiteers, he said.