Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir government has established 13 procurement centers in the current kharif marketing season to facilitate the procurement of paddy at the minimum support price, state Agriculture Minister Ghulam Hassan Mir said.
He was speaking at a meeting convened by him here to review arrangements for running of these centres.
Timely opening of procurement centres will ensure that the farmers are not compelled to sell their produce below the minimum support price fixed during current season, he added.
He asked FCI representatives to immediately deploy staff at the centres established in Kathua and Samba districts, where crop is already being harvested.
During the meeting, it was discussed that the rates of Rs 1,250 for common grade paddy and Rs 1,280 for A-grade paddy fixed for kharif marketing season 2012-13 are likely to be attractive for farmers.
The requisite number of gunny bags for procured paddy has already been requisitioned by FCI and no shortage on this account is envisaged by them.
The centres have been established at Bishnah, Arnia, RS Pura, Sohanjana, Gajansoo, Channu Chak, Pargwal, Khour and Jourian (Jammu District), Ramgarh, Vijaypur (Samba District) Nagri Parole-Chanigran and Sanji Morh (Kathua District).
The provision of requisite infrastructure like winnowing fan, weighing machines, hand stitching machine, tarpaulins, at these locations has also been made.