The wheat procurement target has been revised downward to 195 lakh tonnes for the current year from the earlier 444 lakh tonnes due to a fall in wheat output and increased exports.
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But interestingly the procurement in both states is over.
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India has already committed to supplying 50,000 tonnes of wheat grain to Afghanistan, which will be delivered through Pakistan's land route.
It is because of the adverse impact of the early onset of the summer season followed by sudden rise in temperatures.
The official sources attributed the fall in wheat procurement so far to increased buying activities by private players, especially in Haryana and Madhya Pradesh.