Wheat procurement down by 90%

Last Updated: Monday, April 18, 2011 - 16:09

Chandigarh: Wheat procurement in Punjab, a
major producer, has reached just 6.05 lakh tonne which is 90
percent down against crop buying in corresponding period of
last season.

Government agencies and private millers procured 6.05
lakh tonne of wheat so far in ongoing rabi marketing season
compared with procurement of 55.77 lakh tonne on the same day
last year.

According to an official, out of total procurement,
government agencies procured 99 per cent of crop at 6.02 lakh
tonne while rest was bought by private traders. FCI bought
72,961 tonne of crop.

The official said Ludhiana district with 42,559 tonne was
leading in procurement operations whereas district Fatehgarh
Sahib at 33,979 tonne came next.

The State government has set up 1634 procurement centres
and activated its total machinery to ensure smooth procurement
of wheat, the official added.


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First Published: Monday, April 18, 2011 - 16:09

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