Patna:  Bihar government will procure 15 lakh metric tonnes of wheat during this rabi season, a minister said on Thursday.

"Primary Agriculture Credit Societies (PACS) will procure 12 lakh metric tonnes wheat, while State Food Corporation (SFC) will procure the remaining quantity," Food and Consumer Protection Minister Shyam Rajak said.

Steps have been taken to ensure transparency in wheat procurement and the procuring agencies have been asked to purchase the produce directly from the farmers by making payment through account payee cheques, he said.

The wheat procurement process will be completed by July 31, Rajak said, adding SFC will act as the nodal agency for the purpose with PACS being the primary procurer, Rajak said.

In the panchayats where PACS does not exist, the wheat procurement will be carried out by SFC through its procuring centres, he said, adding that SFC will set up a minimum of one and maximum of three procurement centres for the purpose.

The state is likely to produce 63.08 lakh tonnes wheat during this rabi season, he said. The Centre has fixed Minimum Support Price (MSP) of Rs 1285 per quintal for wheat procurement, Rajak said.

The state government agencies had procured 1.83 lakh metric tonnes and 5.56 lakh metric tonnes wheat in the year 2010 and 2011 against the procurement target of 10.5 lakh tonnes.


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