New Delhi: Raising concern over storage crisis, Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Wednesday requested the Centre to immediately lift large quantity of foodgrains from the state.

"We do not have enough space because of higher wheat procurement this year and huge carryover stock from previous years. We have asked the Central Government to take steps for speedier movement of foodgrains,s" Hooda told reporters after the meeting with Food Minister K V Thomas here.

To ease storage pressure, the Centre has been requested to move at least 8-10 lakh tonnes of foodgrains in a month instead of current level of only 4 lakh tonnes, he said.

According to the official data, the state has procured 8.63 million tonnes of wheat in the 2012-13 marketing year (April-March), against 6.84 milion tonnes in the previous year.

The storage has become a major problem in most states this year due to substantial increase in government procurement following bumper production of wheat and rice in the 2011-12 crop year (July-June).

Higher support price and additional bonus announced in some states like Madhya Pradesh has prompted farmers to sell large quantity of foodgrains to the central pool.

The country is estimated to produce a record 103.41 million tonnes of rice and 90.23 million tonnes of wheat in the 2011-12 crop year.


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