Govt buys 5 lakh mt more wheat this year
According the report, till May 6 this season 267,06,313 mt wheat has been procured by the government agencies, including Food Corporation of India (FCI), in various wheat growing states, while during last season it was 262,86,152 mt on the day. It’s worth mentioning that in order to give relief to farmers affected with unseasonal rains and hailstorms, the government had relaxed quality norms for wheat procurement and also decided to bear value cut, if any imposed for shrivelled, broken and luster lost grains, so that farmers get full minimum support price(MSP) for their produce.
Among the wheat producing states, Punjab continued to be the largest contributor in the food basket of the country followed by Madhya Pradesh and Haryana. Punjab has procured 98,66,503 mt while Madhya Pradesh has procured 72,61,342 mt and Haryana has procured 67,55,941 mt, surpassing its procurement target for the season. Gujarat, the home state of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has procured 62,282 mt wheat this year.
Uttar Pradesh, which had witnessed several spells of untimely rainfall and hailstorm, has procured just 15,62,826 mt of wheat this <g data-gr-id="29">year,</g> while Rajasthan has procured 11,81,422 mt. The worst figure of wheat procurement has come from Delhi which has procured just 1,787 mt of wheat grains.
Hailing the efforts of FCI to relax norms for wheat procurement, Confederation of All India Traders Association (CAIT) has welcomed the latest data in <g data-gr-id="34">right</g> spirit.