Wheat procurement in Punjab, Haryana crosses 90 lakh tonnes

April 25th, 2011 - 8:38 pm ICT by IANS  

Chandigarh, April 25 (IANS) The country’s foodgrain states of Punjab and Haryana have procured nearly 90 lakh tonnes of wheat this season, officials said Monday.

Government agencies and private millers in Punjab have procured over 47.17 lakh tonnes of wheat till Sunday evening, a state government spokesman said here.

However, the procurement of wheat this year is much less than the 90.32 lakh tonnes procured in the same period (April 1-25) last year.

Arrival of wheat has been slow in most parts of Punjab owing to erratic weather, which delayed the ripening of the crop, an official said.

In neighbouring Haryana, government agencies and private millers had procured over 42.15 lakh tonnes of wheat till Sunday evening.

In Punjab, over 99 percent of the wheat has been procured by the six government agencies - five of the state government, and the central government’s Food Corporation of India.

Patiala, Sangrur and Ferozepur districts in Punjab were leading in wheat procurement.

The state government has set up 1,734 procurement centres across the state.

In Haryana, Kaithal, Karnal and Sirsa districts led in wheat procurement.

Punjab and Haryana contribute over 70 percent of the total food grain in the national kitty.

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