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Govt buys 35 million tonnes of rice

Rice procurement by the government touched a record 35.02 million tonnes in the 2011-12 marketing year that ended last month, due to increased buying in non-traditional states like Chattisgarh and Bihar following all time high production.

In the 2010-11 marketing year (October-September), the government had procured 34.19 million tonnes, according to the food ministry data.

Out of total rice purchases in 2011-12, a maximum 7.7 million tonnes was procured from Punjab, followed by Andhra Pradesh (7.5 million tonnes), Chhattisgarh (4.11 million tonnes), Uttar Pradesh (3.35 million tonnes) and Odisha (2.84 million tonnes).

While rice procurement in Punjab and Andhra Pradesh remained sluggish,  purchases in non-traditional states – Chhattisgarh, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh – was higher than previous year, the data showed.

Rice procurement in Chhattisgarh rose to 4.11 million tonnes in 2011-12 marketing year from 3.73 million tonnes.

Similarly, procurement in Uttar Pradesh increased to 3.35 million tonnes from 2.55 million tonnes. Rice buying in Bihar jumped to 1.53 million tonnes.
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