Punjab on Saturday crossed final yr’s determine in wheat crop procurement even because the season continues to be underway. Although wheat arrival has slowed down now, authorities expect it to proceed within the coming week too. Practically 40% districts of the state have witnessed much less procurement this season until date.
The file of the Meals Company of India (FCI) exhibits that Punjab’s contribution to the central pool is the second highest within the final six years until date.
Until Saturday, Punjab’s procurement for the central pool had crossed the earlier yr mark of 127.26 lakh metric tonnes by 39,000 metric tonnes and touched 127.65 lakh metric tonnes, whereas round 53,000 metric tonnes had arrived in varied Punjab mandis by night which will probably be procured on Sunday.
Punjab has fastened a goal of 130 lakh metric tonnes (LMT) wheat procurement this yr, which is more likely to be achieved in a couple of days. Until date, 128.24 LMT has already arrived in mandis, out of which 127.65 LMT was bought by authorities companies, and round 6,000 tonnes has been purchased by non-public gamers whereas, 53,000 metric tonnes was mendacity unsold until Saturday night.
Out of the 22 districts, 9 have witnessed much less procurement as in comparison with final yr, whereas in 13 districts, the procurement was comparatively greater.
The districts which have recorded low procurement until date embody Amritsar, Barnala, Bathinda, Faridkot, Fazilka, Mansa, Moga, Mukatsar, and Sangrur. In Sangrur, which is the very best contributor within the state, 11.45 lakh tonnes wheat was procured until date in opposition to the 12.24 lakh tonnes final season. After Sangrur, Mukatsar and Ludhiana are additionally massive contributors the place 9.32 lakh tonnes was procured in opposition to 9.69 lakh tonnes and 9.16 lakh tonnes had been procured in opposition to .8.94 lakh tonnes final yr, respectively.
This yr, the climate was rather more favorable all through the wheat crop season and likewise it wasn’t dangerous throughout the harvest season too in contrast to the earlier years when sturdy storms and heavy rains broken the crop simply earlier than the harvest.
“If Punjab is ready to obtain the set goal of 130 LMT, then this yr’s procurement could be the very best within the final six years, as per the info out there on the web site of the Meals Company of India (FCI), which exhibits that Punjab’s wheat procurement was 106..56 LMT, 117.14 LMT, 127.06 LMT, 129.33 LMT, 127.26 LMT in 2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-19, 2019-20, 2020-21, respectively,” stated a senior officer in Punjab Meals and Civil Provides Workplace.
Vice-President of Punjab Mandi Board (PMB), Vijay Kalra, stated, “Although procurement continues to be not over, arrival of wheat has slowed down a bit.. however we expect to achieve our goal.”
Round 73 per cent of the wheat has been lifted from Mandis until Saturday.
This yr, harvesting started on April 10 and farmers having been receiving MSP price Rs 1,975 per quintal immediately into their accounts and never by their respective arhtiyas.