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UP falters in wheat procurement target

IANS  |  Lucknow 

The government has failed to achieve its target of purchasing 55 lakh metric tonne (MT) of wheat from farmers at (MSP) during the kharif season from March to May.

The government has been able to procure only about 36 lakh MT till now, leaving a shortfall of about 19 lakh The purchase deadline which ended on May 31 has now been extended to June end.

said that the purchase targets were affected as government staff was deployed in election duty.

"Another reason could be that wheat-growers may have found the prices in the open market more lucrative," he said.

Yogi Adityanath, who has been reviewing wheat procurement on a regular basis, has directed food department officials to ensure that purchase centres are functional and farmers do not face any hardship in selling their produce to the government.

The state Agriculture Department, this year, had enhanced the MSP of wheat to Rs 1,840 per quintal, and had even added an incentive of Rs 20 per quintal for transportation, to provide relief to distressed farmers.

However, the purchase has fallen below target.

According to estimates by government sources, the total purchase may not cross even 40 lakh MT.

A in the agriculture department said that wheat production in the state was low this season as compared to the previous year and there could be an increase in market prices of wheat.

The Minister, however, disagreed and said that the estimated production of wheat in the state was nearly 380 lakh MT while last year it was nearly 356 lakh

"Production and productivity of wheat has increased from 36.56 quintal to 37.58 quintal per hectare. The low procurement at government purchase centres is an indication that farmers are getting better prices at their farms itself," he explained

Food and said that the purpose of providing MSP to farmers was to ensure that they are not exploited by traders.

If the farmers are selling the produce to traders, it means they are getting a better price, he added.



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First Published: Fri, June 14 2019. 13:02 IST