Indore: In yet another announcement that invited a huge applause from farmers, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that procurement of wheat is underway at minimum support price of Rs 1735 per quintal. The state government is offering bonus of Rs 265. Thus the purchasing price in the mandi would be Rs 2000 per quintal.
However, going beyond,the government will also offer Rs 265 to those farmers who sell their wheat crop outside the mandi, he added. Owing to excessive production of garlic it will be procured at Rs 800 per quintal.
Similarly, the procurement of chana is going on at rate of Rs 4400 per quintal till June 9 and if required it would be extended further.
Talking about the initial days when he took over the reins of MP government, Chouhan talked about the time when he had met the then Union agriculture minister Sharad Pawar to release more quote of wheat for BPL people. Pawar had said, “Why don’t you increase the production of wheat?” Chouhan said. “We took up this challenge and in just three years we had a bumper wheat crop following which I approached him to get gunny bags to pack the excess wheat.”
Earlier, Free Press Group chairman Jai Kumar Karnani welcomed Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Indore Mayor Malini Gaud. NABARD CGM S K Bansal also graced the dais at the conference.