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Posted on Oct 30, 09:08PM | IANS
Punjab and Haryana have procured nearly 120 lakh tonnes of paddy this season, food and supplies officials of the two states said here Tuesday.
While Punjab has procured nearly 88 lakh tonnes of paddy, Haryana has procured over 31 lakh tonnes. Bulk of the paddy (nearly 99 percent) has been procured by government agencies while the rest has been taken by private millers.
In Punjab, Ludhiana, Patiala and Moga were leading in procurement.
Procurement of paddy in both states started Oct 1 but the bulk of the stocks started arriving only after Oct 10.
In Punjab, the state government has set up 1,770 procurement centres.
In Haryana, the procurement of over 31 lakh tonnes paddy so far is higher than the over 26 lakh tonnes procured in the same period last year, said a spokesman of Haryana food and supplies department.
Kurukshetra, Karnal and Kaithal were leading in paddy procurement in Haryana.
The minimum support price fixed by the government this time is Rs.1,250-1,280 per quintal for common and grade-A varieties of paddy.