New Delhi: Government plans to purchase a record 32 million tonnes of wheat from farmers in the 2012-13 in Rabi season following bumper production of wheat. However, the procurement has raised questions over the present storage facility. The Food Corporation of India (FCI) along with state governments has geared up for the storage of wheat.

The procurement figures were finalised in a meeting of state food secretaries of wheat procuring states held here on Tuesday, the statement said. As per the estimates of agriculture ministry, in the current Rabi season 25 crore tonne food grain will be produced. It is expected that 8.83 crore tonne wheat will be produced which will be 8.4 crore tonne more than last year.

"The estimated procurement during the 2012-13 Rabi (winter) marketing season is 31.89 million tonnes compared to 28.33 million tonnes of actual procurement in 2011-12," an official statement said.

Last year's collection of 28.33 million tonnes of wheat is the highest procurement so far.

Wheat procurement normally starts in April and ends in June in majority of states. In states like Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat it will begin from March 15. In Bihar, and Jammu and Kashmir, the procurement will start from April 15.