Hindustan Times (Lucknow)

UP already facing wheat storage problem


Uttar Pradesh has started facing storage problem yet again as the ongoing wheat procuremen­t already exceeds the state’s storage capacity while two weeks are still left for the current procuremen­t season to end, people aware of the issue disclosed.

The government has purchased close to 40 lakh MT of wheat so far from farmers at the minimum support price (MSP) and the final procuremen­t is expected to close at 55 lakh MT considerin­g the fact that around 1 lakh MT wheat is being purchased every day from farmers.

“Despite tough situation arising from the second wave of Covid pandemic we have already purchased around 40 lakh MT wheat worth more than Rs 7,817 crore from 8,28,697 farmers.

The wheat purchase was only less than 24 lakh MT during the correspond­ing period of the previous year,” a senior official said.

“As of now, we are able to overcome the problem because around 15 lakh MT of wheat is lifted from our godowns every month for regular distributi­on under the National Food Security Mission and the free distributi­on under the PM Garib Kalyan Yojana that has been announced for two months. This PDS off-take of wheat creates space for intake of more wheat from procuremen­t centres,” the official explained.

He said the problem was expected to get more acute in the days to come as wheat procuremen­t was expected to be 55 lakh MT by the time purchase season ends in 15 days.

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