Punjab has successfully accomplished 50 percent of total procurement operations within 20 days after commencement of wheat procurement from April 1 onwards.
In a statement issued here, an official spokesperson of Punjab Government informed that out of the total estimated arrival of 130 LMT of wheat, the state mandis have recorded the arrival of 67.50 LMT so far, of which 65.40 LMT had been procured during the ongoing Rabi Marketing Season (RMS).
“Nearly 27 per cent more wheat arrived in mandis this year as compared to corresponding period of last year, with 53.35 LMT of wheat had arrived till date in the previous Rabi Marketing Season”, he added.
Sangrur district leads the state with the arrival of 7.27 LMT of wheat, of which 7.18 LMT had been procured till April 19. After Sangrur, Ferozepur and Patiala fall at second and third place with the arrival of 5.40 LMT and 5.31 LMT wheat respectively.
Notably, the wheat was sown over 35.02 Lac hectares in the state and the target for wheat production, as per estimates, was 171 LMT out of which 130 LMT expected to reach the grain markets during the ongoing procurement season.
Meanwhile, the state government warned the traders, firms and individuals involved in procuring wheat directly from farmers without paying market fee and Rural Development Fund (RDF) to immediately stop this practice or be ready to pay heavy penalty.
The spokesperson said that it has come to the notice that some persons, traders and firms have been illegally procuring wheat directly from farmers’ without paying the market fee and Rural Development Fund (RDF).
“These individuals, traders and firms are warned to stop this practice immediately, otherwise, if any such case found during the checking the defaulter have to pay a penalty amounting 10 times of market fee in addition to actual market fee and RDF”, said the spokesperson.