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Govt says there is surplus wheat stock

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Government today sought to brush aside concerns of any wheat shortage in the country this year despite production worries looming large due to poor rains, saying there is surplus stock to meet any contingency.

Sowing of wheat, the main rabi crop, which began from October is almost nearing an end now. There is a lag of 1.1 lakh hectare in sown area from over last year due to high temperature, and experts have indicated a fall in the output to below 90 million tonnes this year.

“We have over 23 million tonnes of wheat stock. I think that we are in a comfortable situation,” Food Secretary Vrinda Sarup told reporters when asked if the government plans to import wheat to meet de

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