After paddy record, wheat procurement at all-time high

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The latest data available with the Food Corporation of India (FCI) shows wheat procurement reached 405 lakh metric tonnes (LMT) till May 29 in the ongoing rabi marketing season (RMS)—4 per cent higher than 390 LMT in RMS 2020-21.

Amid protests against the three farm laws, the procurement of wheat has soared to an all-time high, a record seen with paddy as well.

The latest data available with the Food Corporation of India (FCI) shows wheat procurement reached 405 lakh metric tonnes (LMT) till May 29 in the ongoing rabi marketing season (RMS)—4 per cent higher than 390 LMT in RMS 2020-21. The current year’s wheat procurement figure is the highest ever.

This is also the first time that wheat procurement has crossed the 400 LMT mark

In the current rabi marketing season, the highest wheat procurement—132 LMT—has been reported from Punjab. The state is followed by Last year, Madhya Pradesh was the top wheat procuring state.

During this rabi season, wheat procurement has been higher in both Punjab and Haryana, which are the epicentre of farmers’ agitation. Last year, the wheat procurement figures for Punjab and Haryana were 127 LMT and 74 LMT respectively.Madhya Pradesh (127 LMT) and Haryana (84.93 LMT).

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