Wheat procurement dips in Punjab, Haryana
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Last Updated: Tuesday, May 11, 2010, 19:23
  
Chandigarh: Procurement of wheat from Punjab and Haryana, the bread baskets of the country, has come down by 4.02 per cent and 7.04 per cent respectively in the ongoing rabi marketing season (from April to September), due to the heat-induced fall in yield.

Total wheat procurement for the central pool has reached 100.90 lakh MT in Punjab so far, against 105.13 lakh MT bought in the corresponding period of the last season.

Similarly, in Haryana, procurement for the central pool stands at 63.05 lakh MT so far, against the 68.10 lakh MT lifted in the year-ago period, officials said.

Both states had scaled down wheat procurement estimates in view of the heat wave that affected crop yields in March this year.

Experts said that the abrupt rise in mercury levels resulted in grains drying up. As a result, both the states estimated a 2-3 quintal/hectare drop in wheat yield in affected areas.

Punjab now expects wheat procurement of 102-103 lakh MT against the projected lifting of 115 lakh MT, while Haryana anticipates wheat-lifting to remain at 63.50-64 lakh MT as compared to the earlier projection of 70 lakh MT.

Last season, Punjab and Haryana had broken all previous records in terms of their contribution to the central pool, at 107.47 lakh MT and 69.24 lakh MT respectively.

The daily arrival of crop in grain markets has now shrunk to 20,000 MT per day in Punjab and 6,000 MT in Haryana, an FCI official said.

The share of private traders in total buying has also been abysmally low, remaining at 0.4 per cent each in Punjab and Haryana. Private traders bought just 48,742 MT in Punjab and 2700 MT in Haryana.

PTI


First Published: Tuesday, May 11, 2010, 19:23


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