Chandigarh, June 1
A bumper wheat crop this yr, when Punjab has as soon as once more regained its place as the highest wheat producer within the nation, has introduced together with it storage woes for presidency businesses.
Punjab has procured a document 132.15 lakh metric tonne wheat within the rabi advertising and marketing season that ended on Could 13. The preliminary euphoria over as soon as once more regaining its place on the prime in wheat manufacturing, pipping Madhya Pradesh to the second place, nonetheless, was short-lived, because the businesses at the moment are scrambling for protected cupboard space.
Info accessible from the Meals Company of India’s Punjab workplace exhibits that 19 lakh metric tonne of wheat is saved in “susceptible areas” as there isn’t any scientific cupboard space to retailer it. It’s because the motion of foodgrain from Punjab to the recipient states is moderately sluggish.
Officers within the FCI say they’ve moved 15 LMT wheat to different states and nearly 10 LMT of rice out of Punjab. That is the explanation the wheat saved in susceptible areas is sort of half of what it was saved on related areas final yr. “However we’re engaged on shifting extra grain out of the state, which can assist us retailer your entire wheat inventory in scientific storage,” an official mentioned. — TPR