The nationwide lockdown looks to have experienced no adverse effects on wheat procurement in Punjab, with the overall quantity of grains collected for the Central pool till May possibly 1 remaining more than 74 lakh tonnes (lt), a tad decrease than seventy five.5 lt procured all through the corresponding interval very last calendar year.
Most other States, together with neighbouring Haryana, managed to procure less than half wheat from farmers on minimum assistance cost (MSP) more than the former rabi marketing and advertising time.
Foods Corporation of India (FCI) and Point out businesses selected by FCI acquire wheat from farmers in 10 States and Union Territories for creating buffer inventory as perfectly as for community distribution across the region. The overall procurement of wheat so significantly is 143 lt as towards 196 lt procured till April 30 very last calendar year.
“The procurement is heading on swiftly in the Point out. We have created 1,100 additional procurement points to guarantee that each individual 3 villages have 1 procurement centre. We have around three,700 procurement centres, together with mandis,” mentioned Sutantar Kumar Airi, Director of Agriculture, Punjab.
In accordance to him, the procurement concentrate on for the Point out is 130 lt, virtually eight lakh tonnes more than 122 lt very last calendar year.
Haryana ,far too, increased the range of procurement centres this calendar year by more than four-fold to two,000 as towards very last year’s 477, but its buys so significantly is 46 per cent of what was realized in the corresponding interval very last calendar year. Wheat procurement till May possibly 1 was 33.74 lt as towards 73.three lt till April 30 very last calendar year.
Procurement is swifter in Madhya Pradesh than in most other States, but at 27.6 lt, the quantity procured so significantly is twenty per cent decrease than the acquire carried out in the similar interval very last calendar year.