The Food Corporation of India (FCI) and state-government-owned agencies purchased more than 8 lakh tonne of foodgrain from farmers, official sources said.
An FCI official said that the pace of wheat purchase by agencies will pick up during the next two weeks as farmers bring in their produce to mandis across Punjab, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.
Since the start of the wheat procurement drive for the 2013-14 season on April 1, FCI has procured 4.5 mt of wheat against 3.1 mt purchased during the same period last year. More than 2.6 mt of wheat has been procured in Madhya Pradesh while purchase operations have just began in Punjab and Haryana. The government has set a target of 44 mt of wheat purchase in the ongoing market season against 39 mt last year.