Punjab, Haryana procure 185 lakh tonne wheat : The Tribune India

Chandigarh, May 14

With a bumper crop, wheat procurement in foodgrain states Punjab and Haryana has reached 185 lakh tonne amid the ongoing lockdown in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, officials said on Thursday.

The wheat procurement in Punjab is almost double than its neighbouring Haryana.

Sanjeev Kaushal, Additional Chief Secretary with the Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare and Cooperation Department, said a total of 65.66 lakh tonne of wheat has been procured from 424,868 farmers in the state in the past 21 days.

He said 6.25 lakh tonne of mustard had been procured till Wednesday. Also, 3114.13 tonne of gram had been procured.

Punjab, which contributes 30-35 per cent wheat to the national kitty, is expecting to harvest about 185 lakh tonne and the market arrival is likely to be about 135 lakh tonne, amounting to Rs 26,000 crore, officials said.

The minimum support price (MSP) of wheat is Rs 1,925. IANS

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