FCI set to procure 130 lakh MT wheat

FCI set to procure 130 lakh MT wheat
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Tribune News Service

Amritsar, March 30
Senior officials of the Food Corporation of India (FCI), including its Chairman and Managing Director DV Prasad and Punjab Chief Secretary Karan Avtar Singh, held a meeting to take stock of the preparations being made for procurement of wheat crop in the coming season. The FCI has set a target of procuring 130 lakh metric tonne of wheat this season.
During the meeting, he assured the state government of extending all help in the procurement of wheat. He said that as the godowns in the state were already full to the brim, the FCI would try to store wheat procured from state in godowns in other parts of country.
Prasad said that till 2013-2014, Punjab used to contribute 43 per cent to the central pool but with the production of wheat registering an increase in other states, its contribution to the central pool has gone down to 36 per cent.

The meeting was also attended by Additional Chief Secretary Vishavjit Khanna, Principal Secretary Gurkirat Kirpal Singh, Food Supply Director Anandita Mitra, FCI GM Arshdeep Singh Thind, Warehouse MD Abinav Trikha, Deputy Commissioner Shivdular Singh Dhillon.
Prasad said that for making cash payments to wheat farmers, a cash credit limit (CCL) for Rs 19,240 has already been issued to the state government. The officials stated that the procurement of wheat would begin from April 1 and continue till May 25.
He stated that in the previous wheat season, the procurement of 127.6 lakh metric tonne was made while the target this season is of 130 lakh metric tonne.



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