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Govt buys record 35 MT wheat; plans to hire extra storage

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

With touching an all time high of over 35 million tonne (MT) this year, the government is planning to hire extra storage to stock the grain before hits north and

Food Corporation of (FCI) is the government's nodal agency for and distribution of and rice.

FCI along with state agencies has bought record 35.19 MT of in the 2018-19 marketing year (April-March) on the back of bumper crop. These agencies together have foodgrain storage capacity of around 80 MT.

"There is more stock. We will have to make arrangement to store wheat. We are looking at alternatives. We are thinking of hiring the storage space," a told

Because of record procurement, some quantity of wheat is kept in cover and plinth (CAP) storage in states like and This needs to be shifted to a safe place before rains approach.

As per the FCI data, total wheat has exceeded the target of 32 MT set for this year in view of record output.

Procurement in has risen to 12.69 MT in the current marketing year from 11.70 MT in the previous year, while in it has increased to 8.7 MT from 7.43 MT.

Wheat purchase in has increased to 7.28 MT from 6.72 MT in the year-ago period. Similarly, wheat procurement rose in to 4.80 MT from 3.26 MT earlier.

In Rajasthan, wheat purchase was lower at 1.51 MT as against 1.62 MT a year ago.

While procurement process is completed in and Haryana, it is underway in Uttar Pradesh, and

Although wheat marketing year runs from April-March, the bulk of procurement is done in first three months. FCI and state agencies undertake purchase at the Minimum Support Price (MSP).

As per the third projection, wheat output is estimated at record 98.61 MT in the 2017-18 crop year(July-June).

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, June 12 2018. 15:10 IST