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Punjab renews demand on wheat export

chandigarh Updated: Jul 04, 2012 21:51 IST

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With the Centre giving a nod to export 2 million tonnes of wheat, Punjab - the largest contributor of the crop to central pool - on Wednesday renewed its demand to send maximum shipments from the state in the wake of overflowing warehouses.

"We want that the Centre should export maximum quantity of wheat from Punjab as storage facilities here are brimming with huge quantity of wheat," a senior official of Punjab Food and Civil Supplies Department said in Chandigarh.

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs had on Tuesday approved the export of two million tonnes of wheat from its buffer stock to ease the storage situation in the country.

Punjab has been pressing for allowing export in the wake of an all-time high procurement of wheat in the 2012-13 rabi marketing season so as to fetch remunerative price for farmers.

Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal had even demanded that wheat should be exported from the states in proportion to the grain stock lying there.