Govt buys 950,000 tonne wheat in Madhya Pradesh.

Govt procured 950,000 tonne wheat in Madhya Pradesh so far in the current marketing year ending March. Govt is buying wheat from farmers at the minimum support price and will use it to build its stocks, and to ensure adequate returns to farmers. The procurement is expected to rise in next two to three days as many farmers believe it is auspicious to sell their crops after Navratri. Madhya Pradesh is expected to produce a record 21.0 million tonne wheat in 2016-17 (Jul-Jun), up from 18.4 million tonne a year ago. Wheat procurement has also begun in Punjab, Haryana, and Uttar Pradesh, and government so far purchased nearly 200 tonne of the grain from these states. Govt is targeting to buy 22 million tonne wheat from Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh in the current crop year ending June. Govt has set its wheat procurement target at 33 million tonne, up from 22.9 million tonne bought a year ago.