Chandigarh, Nov 12 (IANS) The arrival and procurement of paddy crop in Haryana is much higher this year compared to last year, officials of the state’s food and supplies department said on Thursday.
“During the current Kharif season, more than 51.56 lakh tonnes of paddy arrived in the mandis of Haryana till November 11. During this period last year, 37.03 lakh tonnes of paddy had arrived in the mandis,” said a spokesman of the food and supplies department.
Paddy procurement was preponed to September 25 this year instead of the normal procurement date of October 1.
The arrival of paddy was much higher than the 36 lakh tonnes target set by the department this year.
State government agencies had set a target of procuring 35 lakh tonnes of paddy this year. They have procured over 41.49 lakh tonnes paddy so far.
“Of the total arrival, government procurement agencies have purchased more than 41.49 lakh tonnes of paddy. Millers and dealers have purchased the remaining paddy arriving in mandis,” the spokesman said.
Karnal, Kurukshetra and Kaithal districts were leading in paddy arrival and procurement.