Amid lock down, wheat procurement exceeds 13 million tonnes

With steady inflows of food grains through procurement, the overall central pool stocks position remains stable even after release of about 12.2 million tonnes under various schemes including National Food Security Act (Act) and Pradhan Mantri Gar...

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Bihar received maximum stocks of about 7.7 lakh tonnes followed by Karnataka with about 7 lakh tonnes.
New Delhi: Amid the lock down, the wheat procurement is picking up gradually. The wheat procurement for the central pool has crossed 13 million tonnes with Punjab leading the chart with 6.8 million tonnes followed by Haryana (3.0 million tonnes) and Madhya Pradesh (2.5 million tonnes). The government targets to procure 40 million tonnes by June.

With steady inflows of food grains through procurement, the overall central pool stocks position remains stable even after release of about 12.2 million tonnes under various schemes including National Food Security Act (Act) and Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY).

Food Corporation of India (FCI), ten central agency for procurement and distribution of grains, moved 6 million tonnes food grains in the month of April 2020 surpassing the highest ever single month movement of 3.8 million tonnes achieved during March 2014 by 57%.


“This is more than two times the normal monthly average of about 3 million tonnes. The quantity includes road movement of about one lakh tonne to Kashmir valley and Leh/Ladakh as well as about 0.81 lakh tonnes to north eastern states of Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya. About 0.1 lakh tonnes was also moved to the islands of Andaman and Lakshadweep by sea,” said an FCI official.

At the same time, FCI unloaded about 5.8 million tonnes food grains in various consuming states during the month of April 2020. Bihar received maximum stocks of about 7.7 lakh tonnes followed by Karnataka with about 7 lakh tonnes.

The overall lifting of food grains from FCI PMGKAY under which food grains are supplied free of cost @5 Kg/person to about 80 crore people, is at 6 million tonnes, which is 50% of total allotment of about 1.2 million tonnes.
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