The nationwide lockdown seems to have had no adverse impression on wheat procurement in Punjab, with the whole quantity of grains gathered for the Central pool until May perhaps one remaining extra than seventy four lakh tonnes (lt), a tad reduced than 75.five lt procured through the corresponding period of time past 12 months.
Most other States, which includes neighbouring Haryana, managed to procure much less than 50 percent wheat from farmers on bare minimum aid rate (MSP) above the previous rabi marketing and advertising time.
Food Corporation of India (FCI) and Point out agencies selected by FCI order wheat from farmers in ten States and Union Territories for generating buffer stock as properly as for community distribution throughout the country. The whole procurement of wheat so considerably is 143 lt as from 196 lt procured until April thirty past 12 months.
“The procurement is heading on swiftly in the Point out. We have made one,one hundred supplemental procurement points to make certain that each three villages have one particular procurement centre. We have around three,seven-hundred procurement centres, which includes mandis,” explained Sutantar Kumar Airi, Director of Agriculture, Punjab.
According to him, the procurement concentrate on for the Point out is one hundred thirty lt, virtually 8 lakh tonnes extra than 122 lt past 12 months.
Haryana ,also, elevated the number of procurement centres this 12 months by extra than four-fold to two,000 as from past year’s 477, but its purchases so considerably is forty six for every cent of what was accomplished in the corresponding period of time past 12 months. Wheat procurement until May perhaps one was 33.seventy four lt as from seventy three.three lt until April thirty past 12 months.
Procurement is swifter in Madhya Pradesh than in most other States, but at 27.six lt, the quantity procured so considerably is 20 for every cent reduced than the order carried out in the similar period of time past 12 months.