Lucknow: Taking note of the limited storage capacity and the buying agencies exceeding their target this year, the Uttar Pradesh government has decided to end wheat procurement by the end of this month.

Seven agencies have been stopped from wheat procurement in phases, Joint food commissioner Anil Kumar Damele said.

They are UP Agro, UP Upbhokta Sangh, State Essential Commodities Corporation, State Employees Welfare Corporation, Food Corporation of India (FCI), National Agriculture Cooperative Marketing Federation of India (NAFED) and National Cooperative Consumers Federation of India Ltd (NCCF).

Damele said Pradeshik Co-operative federation (PCF) has been directed to stop wheat purchase from on Sunday evening.

Wheat procurement in the entire state will come to an end on June 30 with food and Civil Supplies department closing its purchase centres, he said.

The state government has also issued directives to ensure safety of wheat kept in open and asked officials to lift wheat kept at open spaces for public distribution system (PDS).

(Agencies)

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