Metric loss

184.58 lakh metric tons of wheat, 810.05 LMT of paddy procured: Government

New Delhi, May 30 (IANS): A total of 184.58 lakh metric tons (LMT) of wheat and 810.05 LMT of paddy have been procured till Sunday in the current season, the government said on Monday even as Punjab’s wheat supply, from Haryana and Madhya Pradesh has seen a massive drop from last season.

The supply of wheat under the central pool is progressing in the 2022-23 Rabi marketing season in the states of Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. Wheat procured till Sunday benefited around 17.50 lakh of farmers with a minimum support price (MSP) value of Rs 37,192.07 crore, according to data from Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution.

The supply of paddy under the central pool is progressing smoothly during the Kharif Marketing Season (KMS) 2021-22, in various buyer states/UTs. Till Sunday, a total of 810.05 LMT of paddy (including Kharif Crop 754.69 LMT and Rabi Crop 55.37 LMT) have been procured, benefiting 117.05 lakh farmers with an MSP value of Rs 1 58 770.64 crore.

While the largest amount of wheat at 96.16 LMT was purchased in Punjab, the number of farmers who benefited – 7,97,795 – was also the highest in the state. In the case of paddy, at 187.28 LMT, Punjab again posted the highest purchases while Chhattisgarh topped the list of beneficiary farmers with 21,05,972.

Although the supply of wheat will continue for some time yet, the current quantity purchased in Punjab is much lower than the 132.22 LMT purchased last year (RMS 2021-22). Unexpected heat waves in March and April in the plains of northwest India had led to the grain of wheat wilting and in turn. leads to crop loss. Almost simultaneously, the Russo-Ukrainian war had resulted in a global demand for wheat, and farmers were directing their wheat towards exports, in turn affecting the supply of the central pool.

However, more than the supply from Punjab, it was Madhya Pradesh farmers who made hay, which led to lower purchases for the central pool in that state. Madhya Pradesh purchases are far too low this year – at 44.45 LMT – compared to 128.16 LMT last year. Haryana’s purchases at 40.97 LMT were also more than 50% lower than last season’s 84.93 LMT, the Food Corporation of India (FCI) record showed.