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Punjab, MP lead the way as wheat procurement tops last year's level

The government has purchased 34.15 mln tonnes wheat iill May 24, compared to 34.13 mln tonnes procured in all of 2019.

Farmers use a combined harvester in a wheat field. Photo: PTI
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The wheat procurement season runs from April to March, but the bulk of purchases are made in the first three months only.

Sanjeeb MukherjeeAgencies New Delhi
Despite the lockdown, the government’s annual wheat procurement from farmers so far in the 2020-21 marketing season (April-March) surpassed last year’s total procurement of 34.13 million tonnes. Madhya Pradesh and Punjab led the way as purchases lagged in Uttar Pradesh, one of the country’s largest producers.
 
Until Sunday, according to the data by the central government, around 34.15 million tonnes of wheat has been purchased for the central pool. In the whole season of 2019-20, around 34.13 million tonnes of wheat was purchased for the central pool. The wheat procurement season runs from April to March, but bulk of purchases

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First Published: May 25 2020 | 9:22 PM IST

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