With untimely rains this month likely to have adverse impact on yield, wheat crop still remained unripe at most of places in both states, delaying harvesting by at least 10 days, officials said here.
   
With the addition of new storage space, both Punjab and Haryana are unlikely to face storage crisis this year, unlike in previous years, they said.
   
"A target of 115 LT has been fixed for wheat procurement from Punjab for Rabi Marketing season 2014-15," a senior official of Food Corporation of India (Punjab) told PTI here today, adding that all arrangement for wheat procurement was in place.
   
Last year, wheat purchase for central pool was 109.5 LT from Punjab.
   
Punjab, the food basket of country, had witnessed all-time high crop purchase of 128.30 LT in 2012-13 season.
   
The neighbouring state Haryana has set a target to procure 70 LT of wheat in the new marketing season.
   
"Though the target has been fixed at 70 LT, the crop arrivals may remain 65 LT in Haryana," an FCI (Haryana) official said here.
   
Haryana procured 58.82 LT of wheat last season. Untimely rains accompanied by hailstorms this month at several places in both states are likely to cast a shadow over bumper crop.
   
"We have observed that wheat crop at several places got flattened because of rains and strong winds which would impact overall crop yield," said a FCI official.
   
Punjab and Haryana are eyeing wheat production of 168 LT and 123 LT, respectively, for current season.
   
"Moreover, crop has not matured as it is still greenish in colour and it has not attained golden yellow colour and hence there will be delay in harvesting," he said.
   
"We feel crop arrivals will start after April 10 in Haryana," he added.
   
In Punjab also, wheat crop remained unripe, indicating crop arrivals to trickle in second week of April, FCI official said.

(Agencies)

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