Punjab procures 94.28 lt paddy

Written by fe Bureaus | Chandigarh | Updated: Oct 31 2009, 04:52am hrs
Government agencies and private millers in Punjab procured more than 94.28 lakh tonne of paddy (de-husked rice) till last evening. Of the total procurement of 9,428,979 tonne of paddy in Punjab, government agencies procured 9,235,642 tonne (97.9%), and private traders 1,93,337 tonne (2.1%).

In neighbouring Haryana, over 27.02 lakh tonne of paddy arrived in the mandis of which almost all was procured by either state agencies or private millers and traders.

Punjab s Pungrain has procured 26, 69,046 tonne (28.9%) whereas Markfed procured 18,92,061 tonne (20.5%). Punsup procured 21,57, 698 tonne (23.4%), PSWC procured 11, 58,080 tonne (12.5%) and PAIC 9,03,197 (9.8%). The central government agency FCI had been able to procure 4,55,560 tonne (4.9%).

The state government has set up 1,600 procurement centres. The district of Patiala with 10,35,265 tonne of procurement led the procurement operations, while Ferozepur was at the second slot with 8,84,378 tonne of procurement. Ludhiana with 8,74,427 tonne of procurement is at No 3.

Meanwhile, in Haryana, a spokesman of the food and supplies department said that of the total arrival, over 21.19 lakh tonne of paddy had been purchased by various procuring agencies and over 5.82 lakh tonne by millers and dealers.

Over 8.48 lakh tonne of paddy has been purchased by Hafed, whereas the food and supplies department has purchased over 7.90 lakh tonne. For their part, Agro Industries has picked up over 2.17 lakh tonne, Confed over 1.66 lakh tonne, Haryana Warehousing Corporation 71,416 tonne and Food Corporation of India 24,919 tonne.

District Kurukshetra led in paddy arrival, where over 7.76 lakh tonne of paddy arrived in the mandis. It was followed by Karnal, where over 4.96 lakh tonne of paddy arrived. District Kaithal recorded arrival of over 3.22 lakh tonne of paddy, Fatehabad over 2.95 lakh tonne, Ambala about 2.70 lakh tonne, Yamunanagar 1.91 lakh tonne, Sirsa 90,679 tonne, Jind 81,696 tonne, Panchkula 37,915 tonne, Panipat 76,079 tonne and Sonipat 29,037 tonne.