Punjab wants central government to allow wheat export

May 19th, 2012 - 7:12 pm ICT by IANS  

Chandigarh, May 19 (IANS) Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal Saturday asked the central government to allow export of wheat from the state.

Talking to media at Rakhra village in Patiala district, 100 km from here, Badal said Punjab was facing a problem of storage of wheat owing to bumper crop this year.

He said the state, which is the biggest producer of wheat, wants exports to be allowed to bail out the beleaguered Punjabi farmers already reeling under debt of nearly Rs.35,000 crore.

The chief minister said he had already taken up this issue with union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar several times but he had not got any response on this.

Badal pointed out that whenever there is an acute shortage of food grains in the country, Punjab is always at the forefront of contributing to the national food grain kitty.

“However, Punjab and its hard working farming community have never got their due due to the flawed policies of the centre,” he alleged.

Over 125 lakh tonnes of wheat has already been procured in Punjab this year. This is much above the target of 110 lakh tonnes set by the state this year.

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