New Delhi: The Central government on Wednesday fixed wheat procurement target at 33 million tonne during the marketing year starting April as against 22.96 million tonne purchased by the Food Corporation of India (FCI) during this year. The target was fixed in the meeting of State Food Secretaries held here to discuss procurement arrangements. It was chaired by the Food Secretary Preeti Sudan, said a statement issued by the Food Ministry.
Out of total wheat procurement target for the 2017-18 marketing year (April-March), Punjab aims to procure maximum wheat at 11.5 million tonne.
“In consultation with the states, it was decided to procure 33 million tonnes of wheat during 2017-18 rabi marketing season, which is considerably more in comparison with the last season actual procurement of 22.96 million tonnes,” said the statement. Out of total wheat procurement target for the 2017-18 marketing year (April-March), Punjab aims to procure maximum wheat at 11.5 million tonnes, followed by Madhya Pradesh 8.5 million tonne, Haryana at 7.5 million tonne, Uttar Pradesh 3 million tonne and Rajasthan 1.7 million tonne.
Although wheat marketing year runs from April-March, the bulk of procurement is done in first three months. In case of rice, the government has set a target to buy 5 million tonnes of rice grown in rabi season of 2016-17. This is over and above the estimate of 33 million tonnes set for buying kharif rice this year. Already, kharif rice procurement has reached 29.23 million tonne as on today.