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Punjab Government assures paddy procurement, urges farmers not to harvest early

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21 August 2020, Chandigarh: Assuring of fool-proof and efficient arrangements for paddy procurement by his government, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Friday urged farmers not to go for early harvesting of their rice crop.

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Making it clear that his government was fully prepared for the paddy procurement, as it had been for wheat, the Chief Minister said bringing the grain to the Mandis early would be detrimental as it would simply lie around there till it gets picked up. Harvest and bring the grain only when it is ripe, he urged the farmers, while responding to a question by a Samrala resident during today’s edition of #AskCaptain on Facebook Live.

To a request from an Amritsar resident for restarting special flights to take Punjab’s vegetables to different parts of the country, and to tie up with industries for direct procurement as he had done during his previous term as chief minister, Captain Amarinder said he would surely be looking into it.

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On a Ludhiana citizen’s plea for introduction of Dairy Technology and Agriculture Subjects in school Education from class 9th to 12th, the Chief Minister agreed that since Punjab’s rural economy was totally based on Dairy Farming and Agriculture, there was need to teach these subjects scientifically. He said he will write to the Center to include these in curriculum in the curriculum for classes 11 and 2. He further said his government will also go through the new education policy to explore the options.

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