Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution
31-August-2016 17:16 IST
Government agencies directed to ensure procurement of coming crop of pulses directly from farmers

The Government agencies – NAFED and FCI have been directed to submit state wise road map of procurement of new crop of pulses directly from farmers. They have been asked to start procurement of Moong in Karnataka immediately at MSP and bonus as new crop has started to arrive. Chairing the inter-ministerial committee meeting on prices here today, Secretary Department of Consumer Affairs, Shri Hem Pande also asked the government agencies to ensure direct payment to the farmers for procurement.

Shri Hem Pande said that procurement centres including mobile centres should be arranged near to farm gates. Wide publicity should be given to the procurement price i.e MSP plus bonus, procurement schedule and to the locations of the centres so that farmers get benefit of the initiative.

The meeting was attended by senior officials of Ministry/Department of Agriculture, Food, Commerce, Revenue, MMTC, NAFED etc.