Even as cases of Covid-19 is going up, the procurement of wheat has gotten rate with purchase starting in Punjab from April 10. So far 29.24 lakh tonnes of wheat have been obtained with disbursement of Rs 5,775.20 crore benefitting 3.3 lakh farmers.According to reports of Food Corporation of India, the main firm which acquires and distributes food grains, Haryana with procurement of 14.67 lakh tonnes lead the tally followed by Madhya Pradesh (11.92 lakh tonnes) and Uttar Pradesh (97,562 tonnes).”The procurement in Punjab has actually just begun. So far 68,963 tonnes have been purchased. The exercise is moving quickly. This is for the first time farmers in Punjab will get payment directly in their accounts. Arhtiyas (intermediaries) who had actually threatened to call strike versus the government’s decision for direct advantage transfer (dbt) have actually suspended their agitation,” said a senior food ministry official.According to food ministry, the status of procurement this season is extremely much better than in 2015 when the federal government might acquire just 60 tonnes wheat throughout this period.”Last year, the Covid-19 pandemic had taken its toll on procurement throughout initial period of lock down before the government decided to exempt farm activities. This year, state governments along with farmers are well prepared to deal with the situation. The governments have actually made correct plans in mandis for smooth operations,” the main said.This year centre has set a target of acquiring 42.73 million tonnes of wheat with Madhya Pradesh to contribute the maximum 13.5 million tonnes followed by Punjab (13 million tonnes) and Haryana (8 million tonnes). Uttar Pradesh government has not fixed any target this year and has revealed to continue acquiring till stocks last.”The production of wheat is approximated to rise to a record 109.24 MT in 2020-21 from 107.86 MT in the previous year. We expect record purchase,” the official said.
Wheat procurement gains pace, 3 million tonnes purchased up until now
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