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.