New Delhi: The tussle between the Centre and state governments over the procurement of wheat has left the farmers in Uttar Pradesh in the lurch. The wheat is selling below the Minimum Support Price (MSP) in the grain markets of UP.

Moreover, while the state government is procuring wheat at a very slow pace, the promise of Union food minister KV Thomas to procure the wheat has not yet seen the light of the day.

Contrary to UP where rate of wheat has gone lower than the MSP, Madhya Pradesh government is paying Rs 100 more to the farmers than the Centre’s MSP at RS 1270 per quintal.

Meanwhile, Food minister KV Thomas has blamed Mayawati government for lowering prices of wheat. He said the state government is not permitting the Food Corporation of India (FCI) to procure wheat.

Madhya Pradesh holds third position after Punjab and Haryana in procurement of wheat. Ironically, UP alone produces more wheat than the combined produce of these three states.

A total of 2.88 crore tonnes of wheat is expected to produced in the current Rabi season in UP. However, the state government has fixed a target of wheat procurement at mere 40 lakh tonnes.

However, one crore tonnes of wheat will be bought from Punjab from the Central Pool. While Punjab would procure 1.55 lakh tones of wheat in the ongoing season in Punjab, Haryana would procure 114 lakh tones in.

JPN/Bureau