Bhopal, May 16 : Despite the COVID-19 crisis, Madhya Pradesh registered record wheat procurement at support price as 87,43,214 metric tonnes were acquired in just a month from 12,61,764 cultivators, it was officially learnt on Saturday. The state attained second position after Punjab whereas Uttar Pradesh is at third place. In 2012; 84,89,587 MT were procured from 10,26,988 tillers. During the process; 4,98,578 MT were purchased from 64,244 peasants on a single day! While in a review meeting at Mantralaya, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan felicitated the entire team led by Principal Secretary (Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Protection) Sheo Shekhar Shukla.
Chief Secretary Iqbal Singh Bains and other officers were in attendance. “Funds being speedily deposited in such farmers’ accounts is a considerable relief for them. In view of the bumper harvest, arrangements should be made to procure approximately 100.10 lakh MT against the earlier target of 100 lakh MT,” Mr Chouhan directed. Of the acquired crop; 72.80 lakh MT have been transported and stored. Payment of about Rs 10,000 crore has been disbursed to 10 lakh ryots. (UNI)