India. Govt may replenish its wheat stocks


Government agencies may increase purchases of wheat from farmers by one-third during the rabi marketing season this financial year to replenish stocks following two years of drought, although the quantity will fall short of a previously set target.

Wheat procurement is expected to be about 30.5 million tonnes, a 33% increase from 22.96 million tonnes in the previous year. However, wheat purchases will be less than the goal of 33 million tonnes, with buying set to fall short of target in Haryana, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, the Food Corporation of India said.

“As per field reports, we anticipate wheat procurement to end at 30 to 30.5 million tonnes. Current procurement is 25.44 million tonnes, as on May 4,” said an FCI official, adding that with an opening stock of 6.78 million tonnes on April 1, it would be able to comfortably meet demand from the public distribution system and maintain the required buffer stock.


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