Wheat procurement in Punjab and Haryana has picked up in the ongoing rabi procurement season with total purchase reaching 66.02 lakh tonnes, 3% lower compared to same period during the last season, even as farmers are bringing crop with higher moisture level, caused by inclement weather conditions.
With 99% of crop procurement being done by government agencies, total lifting in Punjab has reached 26.22 lakh tonnes so far, which is less than 30.5 lakh tonnes bought during the corresponding period of last season, FCI official said here.
In case of Haryana, total lifting has touched the mark of 39.80 lakh tonnes, surpassing the last year's procurement of 37.32 lakh tonnes, an official of Haryana food and supply department said.
"The wheat crop arrival in Punjab is picking up, though rain affected the harvesting operations in several parts of the state. In the next two-three days, the daily crop arrival will reach a peak of 8-9 lakh tonnes in grain markets," FCI official said.
An average daily arrival of wheat at present is 6 lakh tonnes.
Wheat arrival has been delayed in Punjab in the ongoing procurement season because of untimely rains, affecting harvesting operations and prolonged winter season.
However, procurement officials expressed concern that the heavy arrival of crop in coming days may choke grain markets and create problems in smooth procurement operations.
"There could be some problems because of sudden and heavy arrival of wheat in mandis as it can cause glut," he said.
Officials further informed that higher moisture level in crop was still a concern and farmers were being told to bring crop after drying it properly.
"We are finding that the moisture level in wheat is on higher side which remains around 11-12 per cent and sometimes more than that. We are asking farmers to properly dry the crop before taking it to the market for sale," he said.
As per the norms, the moisture level in wheat should not be more than 12%.