Punjab, Haryana wheat procurement crosses 210 lakh tonnes

Chandigarh: Making it another bumper crop, food grain states Punjab and Haryana have procured over 210 lakh tonnes of wheat in this season, food and supplies officials said here on Saturday.

In Punjab, over 125 lakh tonnes of wheat has been procured so far.

Over 99 per cent of the wheat has been procured by government agencies.

The Punjab government has disbursed over Rs 18,274 crore to farmers and arhtiyas (commission agents) for the wheat procurement in this Rabi season.

Officials in Punjab said that out of the wheat procured, over 116.23 lakh tonnes have been lifted from grain markets for storage.

In Haryana, over 85.3 lakh tonnes of wheat has been procured so far this season. The procurement is higher than the entire procurement done last year when 74.25 lakh tonnes wheat was procured.

Procurement ofAwheatAin both states started on April 1.