Wheat procurement during the ongoing Rabi Marketing Season (RMS) 2023-24 has progressed smoothly, taking the combined stock position of wheat and rice in the Central Pool at over 579 Lakh Metric Ton (LMT).
The progressive procurement of wheat in the current season till May 30 is 262 Lakh Metric Ton (LMT) which has already surpassed last year’s total procurement of 188 LMT by 74 LMT, an official release said on Thursday. But, the procurement so far is far short of the target of 341.50 lakh tonnes.
Around 21.27 lakh farmers have already been benefitted from the ongoing wheat procurement operations with Minimum Support Price (MSP) outflow of about Rs. 47,000 crores.
Major contribution in the procurement has come from three procuring states of Punjab, Madhya Pradesh and Haryana with procurement of 121.27 LMT, 70.98 LMT and 63.17 LMT respectively.
The major contributing factors in healthy procurement this year has been the grant of relaxation by the Government of India in quality specifications of wheat affected due to untimely rains; opening of procurement centres at village/panchayat level; carrying out procurement through Co-operative Societies/Gram Panchayats/Arhatias etc. in addition to designated procurement centres for better outreach and permission to engage FPOs for procurement operations.
The rice procurement is also progressing smoothly. A quantity of 385 LMT of rice has been procured till 30.05.2023 during the Kharif crop of Kharif Marketing Season (KMS) 2022-23 with another 110 LMT yet to be procured. Further, a quantity of 106 LMT rice has been estimated to be procured during the Rabi crop of KMS 2022-23.
The combined stock position of wheat and rice in the Central Pool is over 579 LMT (Wheat 312 LMT and Rice 267 LMT) which has placed the country in a comfortable position to meet its requirements of food grains, the release issued by Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution added.