NEW DELHI: The government has transferred about Rs 8,180 crore to the accounts of Punjab farmers and Rs 4,670 crore to Haryana farmers directly against the sale of their wheat crop, the food ministry said on Monday.
Till Monday, 22.2 million tonnes of wheat was procured during this Rabi Marketing Season compared to 7.6 million tonnes during the same period last year. The procurement was less during this period in 2020 crops as there was strict nationwide lockdown.
The ministry also said nearly 38% of the procurement so far has come from Punjab, followed by Haryana (32%) and Madhya Pradesh (23%). “About 21.17 lakh wheat farmers have already been benefited from the ongoing procurement operations with MSP value of about Rs 43,912 crore. For the first time the procurement of foodgrains in Haryana and Punjab is now being done by directly transferring the MSP amount to their bank accounts. The ministry said this has ensured farmers to get their payment without any delay and cuts.