Wheat procurement crosses 18 million tons in 2008-09 season

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New Delhi, May 9 : Wheat procurement has crossed 18 million tonne mark this season.

As per information collected by the Department of Food and Public Distribution, Government agencies had procured 18.01 million tonne wheat as on May 8.

This is 92 percent of the total arrivals (19.6 MT). The procurement made so far is nearly double of the procurement made by Government agencies by this time last year (9.06 MT) and 62 percent more than the total procurement of wheat in 2007-08 (11.13 MT).

Punjab has contributed 9.39 MT, Haryana 5.04 MT, Uttar Pradesh 1.34 MT, Madhya Pradesh 1.26 MT, Rajasthan 0.70 MT and Gujarat 0.17 MT. Other States contributing to the pool include: Bihar, Uttarakhand , Chandigarh and Delhi.

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