Haryana paddy arrival nearly 13 lakh tonnes more than last year

Chandigarh, Nov 17 (IANS) Paddy arrival in Haryana is up by nearly 13 lakh tonnes compared to last year, the state’s food and supplies department said here on Tuesday.

“During the current Kharif season, more than 52.92 lakh tonnes of paddy has arrived in the mandis (markets) of Haryana till November 16. During this period last year, 40.09 lakh tonnes of paddy had arrived in the mandis,” a spokesman of the department said.

Paddy procurement started on September 25 this year as against the normal procurement starting date of October 1.

The state government agencies have so far procured over 42.03 lakh tonnes of paddy as against the target they had set of procuring 35 lakh tonnes over the whole season.

“Millers and dealers have purchased the remaining 10.89 lakh tonnes paddy arriving in the mandis,” the spokesman added.

Karnal, Kurukshetra and Kaithal districts are leading in paddy arrival and procurement.

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