On the backdrop of rising complaints about the slow pace of maize procurement by concerned officials from farmers ahead of a June 30 deadline, state food, civil supplies and consumer protection minister Chhagan Bhujbal has instructed concerned authorities that the maize procurement process should be expedited and no maize produce should be left to any farmer in the district.
The government has set a deadline of June 30 for purchase of maize from farmers. However, complaints are being received from farmers that the procurement process is going on very slowly. Minister Bhujbal sought information from the concerned officials about the maize procurement centres at Yeola. It has been observed that the maize procurement process is going on very slowly and hence it will be difficult to meet the given deadline.
On this backdrop, Bhujbal instructed respective authorities to ensure availability of weighing machines and other required material in sufficient amount to speed up procurement of maize.
in a review meeting held at the district collectorate, Bhujbal reviewed the procurement of maize in the district and directed that the maize procurement process should be expedited and no maize produce should be left to any farmer in the district.
He also instructed the managing director, marketing department to ensure availability of bags in sufficient quantity at all the maize procurement centres in the district so as to make faster the process of buying maize in the next two days.
The guardian minister had earlier written to union minister Ram Vilas Paswan seeking permission for unconditional procurement of maize by the state government. He had demanded that the Center should allow the state for procurement of entire maize output from farmers under the minimum support price by removing the kharif-rabi pre-condition.
Bhujbal had written to the Centre to draw attention towards maize farmers’ problems and to commence procurement of entire maize produce of the Kharif and rabi seasons at minimum support price to provide them respite from the falling prices in spot markets.