Madhya Pradesh has emerged the top state in the country in wheat procurement on support prices. The state government has purchased over 1.27 crore tonnes from farmers. It is almost equal to the 33 per cent of total wheat procured in the country.
As per the official information, out of the total wheat procured, 118 lakh metric tonnes has been safely stored, which is almost 95 per cent of the quantity purchased. This time, 81 per cent of farmers who were registered came to procurement centres to sell wheat, which is a record too.
Social distancing norms were adhered to in view of the coronavirus outbreak and SMSes were sent to manage the number of farmers at procurement centers.
Money was transferred into farmer bank accounts in seven days on an average. So far, an amount of Rs 20 thousand 253 crore has been deposited in the accounts of 14 lakh19 thousand farmers.
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan gave top priority to management of wheat procurement. In 75 consecutive meetings chaired by him on the issue from March 23, wheat procurement was reviewed daily.