The procurement of wheat has risen by 16% and stood at 31.87 million tonnes (MT) so far in this marketing year and is all set to cross the government's target of 32 MT. As many as 18,326 centres have been established for wheat procurement this year, as against 17,304 centres last year.
The wheat procurement in Punjab has increased to 12.48 MT so far in the 2018-19, from 11.55 MT in the year-ago period. Similarly, wheat buying in Haryana has gone up to 8.71 MT from 7.36 MT, while in Uttar Pradesh it has increased to 3.03 MT from 1.6 MT in the said period.
Further, wheat purchase in Madhya Pradesh has increased marginally to 6.24 MT so far this year as against 6.01 MT in the same period last year.