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Golaghat move to aid farmers

Golaghat, Dec. 13: The Golaghat district administration is taking initiatives to ensure that farmers in the district could sell paddy produced by them at the minimum support price through FCI and Assam State Agriculture Marketing Board.

The minimum support price is fixed by the government.

Deputy commissioner Julie Sonowal today asked all the departments concerned to issue certificates to the farmers having bank details and to create awareness among the farmers about the procurement drive.

Sonowal has also asked FCI officials, Assam State Agriculture Marketing Board, agriculture department and food and civil supplies department to take all necessary steps to procure as much paddy as possible this time.

The minimum support price is fixed at Rs 1,310 and Rs 1,345 per quintal for general grade and A grade paddy respectively. The FCI will procure it through its two paddy procurement centres at Dergaon and Golaghat, whereas Assam State Agriculture Marketing Board will procure through its three centres at Furkating, Sarupathar and Bokakhat.

The district administration has set a paddy procurement target of 4,500 metric tonnes and 5,000 metric tonnes for the marketing board and FCI respectively.

Harendra Nath Doley, deputy director of food and civil supplies here, told The Telegraph that they would carry out an inspection drive from tomorrow in order to verify whether the rice mill owners of the district have obtained the mandatory paddy procurement licence and maintained stock register, sale register and cash memo as there have been instances when mill owners have deprived the farmers.

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