Tribune News Service
Amritsar, May 1
With the arrival of 4.63 lakh metric tonne of wheat crop in the grain markets, nearly 80 per cent of harvesting is complete. The district administration officials said the remaining produce would arrive in the markets within a week.
The mandi board officials said 4,38,864 MT of the crop has been purchased by the government agencies, while merely 442 MT has been purchased by private players.
Of the government agencies, Pungrain has procured a maximum of 1,20,807 MT, Punsup 1,08,301 MT, Markfed 1,00,849 MT, Punjab warehouse 54,484 MT and FCI has purchased 54,423 MT.
The mandi board officials said in Tarn Taran district, a total of 5,78,845 MT crop has arrived in the market of which 5,55,365 MT has been procured. Deputy Commissioner Tarn Taran Kulwant Singh said around Rs729 crore has been disbursed to farmers for the purchase of their crop.
He said the government was committed to buy each and every grain, which is brought to the market. He also appealed to farmers to not burn wheat stubble in fields in view of the health hazards and soil health.
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