Chandigarh – Government agencies and private millers procured more than 182278 tonnes of Paddy till last evening against 611424 tonnes procurement of previous year.
Out of total procurement of 182278 tonnes of paddy in all the procurement centers of Punjab, Government agencies procured 142834 tonnes of paddy (78.4%) till date whereas private traders procured 39444 tonnes (21.6%) of paddy. Till October 4, PUNGRAIN had procured 66666 tonnes (46.7%) whereas MARKFED procured 20486 tonnes (14.3%). PUNSUP procured 24492 tonnes (17.1%) , PSWC procured 16523 tonnes (11.6%) whereas PAIC was able to procure 14573 tonnes (10.2 %) of paddy.
The Central Government agency FCI had been able to procure 94 (0.1%) tonnes.
The spokesman added that District Tarn Taran with 40442 tonnes of procurement was leading in procurement operations whereas District Kaputhala with 25267 tonnes of procurement was at second slot and district Amritsar a 23367 tonnes of procurement ranked at third position.
The State Government has set up 1745 procurement centres and activated its total machinery to ensure smooth procurement of paddy, the spokesman added.