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MP surpasses Punjab in wheat procurement

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New Delhi, June 17

The procurement of wheat by government agencies reached an “all-time high” of 382 lakh metric tonnes (LMT) this year with Madhya Pradesh emerging as the largest contributor to the Central pool with 129 LMT, surpassing Punjab with 127 LMT.

The record was achieved on June 16, when wheat procurement surpassed the earlier record of 381.48 LMT during 2012-13, with Haryana contributing 74 LMT, Uttar Pradesh 32 LMT and Rajasthan 19 LMT, according to the Ministry of Consumer Affairs. In the period, 119 LMT paddy was also procured, the maximum, 64 LMT, being from Telangana, followed by Andhra Pradesh (31 LMT) and Odisha (14 LMT). While there is no official explanation for the increase in wheat procurement in Madhya Pradesh, experts say there could be many reasons one of which may be lower participation of private players due to Covid-19 lockdown. — TNS

from The Tribune

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