Rains delay wheat procurement in Punjab, Haryana

Written by Sandip Das | New Delhi | Updated: Apr 9 2013, 08:48am hrs
Recent rains and prolonged cool temperature over the last few weeks have delayed wheat harvesting in the key growing states of Punjab and Haryana. Farmers are yet to bring in their produce to mandis in these two states.

State government officials said that farmers have commenced harvesting operations recently after it got delayed due to rains.

Wheat purchase from farmers by Food Corporation of India (FCI) and state government agencies was to start on April 1, but till now only Haryana has commenced procurement, and that too on a small scale.

An FCI official from Punjab told FE that wheat arrivals at mandis would pick up only after April 15. Official sources also said that farmers have brought in only 5,000 tonne of wheat to mandis in Haryana.

However, procurement has picked up pace in Madhya Pradesh, where state civil supplies corporation has purchased more than 1.3 mt of wheat till Monday. Till now, FCI has purchased close to 1.4 mt of wheat from farmers across the country.

In February, MP had announced a bonus of R150 per quintal on wheat procurement for the 2013-14 crop to woo farmers.