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Punjab beats drought, clocks record paddy procurement

Posted on Nov 15, 07:11PM | UNI

Farmers of Punjab have surprised the world by clocking record procurement of paddy beating the biggest drought in the country with 42 per cent rain deficiency in the state.

The 1,770 procurement centres in the state have procured more then 127,11,517 tonnes of Paddy against total procurement of 119 lakh tonnes recorded last paddy season.

Stating this here today, an official spokesman said out of total procurement, Government agencies procured 121,14,073 tonnes of paddy till date whereas private traders procured 5,97,444 tonnes.

Till date, PUNGRAIN procured 35,53,433 tonnes, MARKFED procured 27,47,606 tonnes. whereas PUNSUP had procured 27,85,059 tonnes. PSWC procured 12,24,151 tonnes whereas PAFC was able to procure 12,53,343 tonnes of paddy. The Central Government agency FCI had been able to procure 5,50,481 tonnes, he added.

He said that Ludhiana district with 15,13,706 tonnes of procurement was leading in procurement operations whereas District Sangrur with 14,35,239 tonnes of procurement was at second slot and Patiala district with 11,93,570 tonnes of procurement ranked third.