Wheat Procurement: 90 percent government mandis closed in Punjab, total wheat procurement reduced by 25 percent from the target this year

Rabi season is nearing its end. Under which the main crop of Rabi is the harvesting of wheat (Wheat Harvesting) is in the final stages. Meanwhile, the major wheat producing states of the country have started government procurement of wheat at the Minimum Support Price (MSP) from April 1. procurement process ,Wheat Procurement) is started. Whose second week of May is considered to be the peak, but in this May itself, the mandis buying wheat in Punjab have started closed. Under which the Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department of Punjab has closed most of the mandis running in the state from Friday, 13th May i.e. 90 percent. Vibhan had ordered to close them due to less arrival of wheat in the mandis.

This time the purchase of wheat has decreased by 25 percent so far from the target

On May 3, the Punjab government had decided to close the mandis buying wheat in a phased manner. Under which more than 100 mandis of the state were closed in the first phase on May 5. In the second phase, on May 13, most of the mandis of the state have been closed since 1900. The Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department of Punjab has closed the mandis due to less arrival of wheat. Actually this time the department had set a target of purchasing 135 lakh tonnes of wheat, but till now only 102 lakh tonnes have been procured. Out of which 4 government agencies have procured 96 lakh tonnes of wheat. Whereas private agencies have procured 6 lakh tonnes of wheat. In this way, 33 lakh tonnes less wheat has been procured than the target.

There were 2200 mandis in the state, procurement will continue for a few days in 232 mandis

Due to less arrival of freshly harvested wheat in the mandis, the Punjab government on Thursday decided to end the procurement operations by closing most of the mandis from Friday. In fact more than 2200 mandis were set up inside the state. Out of this, it has been decided to keep 232 mandis operational for the time being. The government has taken this decision in view of the convenience of the farmers who are still harvesting wheat. Under which some mandis will be kept open in Amritsar, Tarn Taran, Bathinda and Ludhiana, Gurdaspur, Jalandhar, Kapurthala, Moga, Muktsar, Fatehgarh Sahib, Mohali, Rupnagar.

Production estimated at 13% less

The main reason for the wheat procurement process being affected this time is believed to be crop failure. Experts say that due to sudden increase in heat in March, the crop has been affected. Due to this, there has been an increase of 13 percent in comparison to last year. It is estimated that last year the farmers took the production of 48.68 quintals per hectare. This time it has gone up to 42.07 quintals per hectare.