The nationwide lockdown would seem to have experienced no adverse affect on wheat procurement in Punjab, with the overall quantity of grains gathered for the Central pool until Could one becoming a lot more than 74 lakh tonnes (lt), a tad decreased than 75.five lt procured for the duration of the corresponding interval last yr.
Most other States, including neighbouring Haryana, managed to procure considerably less than 50 percent wheat from farmers on minimum help rate (MSP) over the former rabi marketing season.
Foods Corporation of India (FCI) and Condition companies specified by FCI invest in wheat from farmers in 10 States and Union Territories for producing buffer inventory as perfectly as for public distribution throughout the nation. The overall procurement of wheat so far is 143 lt as versus 196 lt procured until April thirty last yr.
“The procurement is likely on quickly in the Condition. We have designed one,a hundred extra procurement factors to make certain that every three villages have one particular procurement centre. We have all around 3,seven hundred procurement centres, including mandis,” said Sutantar Kumar Airi, Director of Agriculture, Punjab.
According to him, the procurement concentrate on for the Condition is one hundred thirty lt, approximately eight lakh tonnes a lot more than 122 lt last yr.
Haryana ,too, amplified the variety of procurement centres this yr by a lot more than four-fold to 2,000 as versus last year’s 477, but its buys so far is forty six per cent of what was attained in the corresponding interval last yr. Wheat procurement until Could one was 33.74 lt as versus 73.3 lt until April thirty last yr.
Procurement is swifter in Madhya Pradesh than in most other States, but at 27.six lt, the quantity procured so far is twenty per cent decreased than the invest in carried out in the exact interval last yr.