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Government to procure 320 lakh tonnes of wheat, 55 lakh tonnes of rice

IANS  |  New Delhi 

The said on Thursday it has decided to procure an estimated 320 lakh tonnes of and 55 lakh tonnes of harvested in the current Rabi season.

According to the ministry, a conference of of the states under the Chairmanship of was held on Thursday in which prospects of production of and along with their procurement were discussed.

The estimated procurement of in Punjab, Haryana, and will be 119 lakh tonnes, 74 lakh tonnes, 67 lakh tonnes and 40 lakh tonnes respectively.

While the government will procure 16 lakh tonnes of wheat from Rajasthan, the amount will be two lakh tonnes in Bihar, one lakh tonnes in Uttarakhand and 50,000 tonnes in the remaining states.

The Ministry said the estimated procurement of 55 lakh tonnes of (rabi) would be over and above the procurement of 375 lakh tonnes of rice of Kharif season.

The major procurement of rice will be done from Telangana and as estimated figures are pegged at 19 lakh tonnes and 18 lakh tonnes respectively.

The government will procure 7 lakh tonnes from Odisha, 5 lakh tonnes from Tamil Nadu, 4 lakh tonnes from West Bengal, 1.32 lakh tonnes from and 34,000 tonnes each from and

In the same conference, the states were asked to increase the number of procurement centres to make proper arrangement, to give wide publicity to Minimum Support Price (MSP) and Fair Average Quality (FAQ), besides ensuring quick payment to farmers, it said.

--IANS

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First Published: Thu, February 15 2018. 18:28 IST
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