Paddy procurement in Haryana so far in the current kharif season crossed 53.24 lakh metric tonnes (lakh mt) -- an all-time high. This compares with 42.69 lakh mt of paddy procured by the agencies during the same period last year, Haryana Minister of State for Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs, Karan Dev Kamboj Minister said today. According to Kamboj, a total of 65.37 lakh mt of paddy has so far arrived in grain markets of the state as against 58.14 lakh mt in the corresponding period last year. The procurement of paddy is going on smoothly, he said in a release. Out of the total arrival this year, 53.55 lakh mt of paddy is leviable, he said.
Millers and dealers have procured about 12.13 lakh mt of paddy during the current season. Giving a break-up, Kamboj said the Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department has procured over 22.59 lakh mt of the crop and HAFED 18.35 lakh mt. Haryana Agro Industries Corporation has picked over 6.30 lakh mt of paddy and Haryana Warehousing Corporation 5.67 lakh mt while Food Corporation of India has gone for 31,801 mt. Referring to arrival of paddy in various districts of the state, the minister said a maximum of about 12.42 lakh mt of the crop had arrived in grain markets of Karnal, followed by 11.42 lakh mt in Kurukshetra and about 7.81 lakh mt in Kaithal.