November 3, 2011 admin


Chandigarh – More than 103.35 lakh tonnes of Paddy   was procured by the Government agencies and private millers in Punjab till last evening against 99.47 lakh tonnes procurement of previous year.
    An Official Spokesman here today said that out of total procurement of 103.35 lakh tonnes of paddy, Government agencies procured 99.72 lakh tonnes (96.5%) and private traders procured 3,62,916 tonnes (3.5%) of paddy till date.
    He said that PUNGRAIN had procured 28.79 lakh tonnes (28.9%), followed by PUNSUP with 24.91 lakh tonnes (25.0%), MARKFED with 22.66 lakh tonnes (22.7%), PSWC with 11.64 lakh tonnes (11.7%) and  PAIC with 10.05 lakh tonnes (10.1 %) of paddy. The Central Government agency FCI had been able to procure 1,65,460 (1.7%) tonnes.
    Ludhiana District with 11.69 lakh tonnes of procurement was leading in procurement operations whereas Sangrur District with 10.64  lakh tonnes of procurement was at second slot and Patiala District with 10.45 lakh  tonnes of procurement ranked at third position, he added.   
The State Government has set up 1745 procurement centres and activated its total machinery to ensure smooth procurement of paddy, the spokesman added.

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