With the procurement season in full swing, government agencies in Punjab and Haryana have procured over 150 lakh tonnes of wheat, food and supplies officials said here on Tuesday.
Both states, which contribute over 70% of the food grains to the national kitty, are expecting a bumper harvest this year.
In Punjab, government agencies and private millers had procured more than 81 lakh tonnes of wheat till Monday evening, a spokesman said here.
Sangrur, Patiala and Ludhiana districts were leading in wheat procurement.
The state government has set up over 1,750 procurement centres across Punjab, the spokesman added.
In adjoining Haryana, nearly 69 lakh tonnes wheat was procured by government agencies till Tuesday.
Even as the procurement is in full swing, the opposition Congress in Punjab slammed the state government on Tuesday for its failure to provide enough gunny bags for the procurement season.
Accusing the Punjab government of lack of preparedness, Congress leader Laal Singh said that enough gunny bags were not available in mandis, leading to harassment of farmers.
He said that the Akali Dal government had failed to purchase gunny bags, which was generally done six months prior to the procurement season, thinking that it would not return to power in Punjab after the assembly elections (held in January this year).
"The Akalis never believed that they will come back to power and they did not make any arrangements so that the Congress government will have to bear the brunt of the mess. This government has been caught in its own web," Lal Singh said.
Meanwhile, Punjab agriculture minister Tota Singh has demanded Rs 500 bonus on wheat from the Union government for the farmer.