Govt procures 28 million tonne wheat so far in FY18, up 24% on year.

The government has procured 28.0 million tonne of wheat so far in the 2017-18 (Apr-Mar) marketing year, up nearly 24% on year. In Madhya Pradesh, where 6.2 million tonne wheat has been purchased so far, the total procurement is likely at 7.0 million tonne against the target of 8.5 million tonne. In Uttar Pradesh, where the state government had set an ambitious target of 8.0 million tonne against the centre estimate of 3.0 million tonne, only 1.8 million tonne has been purchased so far. The government crossed its procurement target in Punjab where 11.6 million tonne has been bought so far, up 9.8% from a year ago. In Haryana, another major wheat producing state, 7.4 million tonne has been bought so far, up 10.1% on year and close to the target of 7.5 million tonne.