Chandigarh: Rice procurement by six government agencies and traders has crossed 24 lakh tonneS in Punjab, an official spokesperson said here today.
By 8October Pungrain had procured 5,49,096 tonnes of paddy, Markfed 4,91,046 tonnes and Punjab State Warehousing Corporation had procured 2,92,477 tonnes among the state government agencies.
The Food Corporation of India had procured only 31,483 tonnes of rice and the millers procured 2,97,268 tonnes, the spokesperson said.
The mandis in Amritsar Division recorded 9,07,669 tonnes of rice with Tarn Taran recording maximum paddy by Wednesday to the tune of 2,26,407 tonnes.
The Punjab Food Supply had set up 1,622 procurement centres across the state to ensure smooth paddy procurement.
Farmers of the state have been assured payment of rice procured by the government agencies within 48 hours of lifting of rice from the procurement centres, he said.