India, the world's second-largest wheat grower, is expected to see a drop in production to 93-94 million tonnes this year, compared with 95.9 million tonnes in FY14.
Paswan says Haryana has sought relaxations in quality standards for FCI's wheat procurement for public distribution.
Rains will further delay the harvesting and procurement of wheat by state and government agencies, which were expected to begin in the first week of April.
Rains will further delay the harvesting and procurement of wheat by state & govt agencies, which were expected to begin in the first week of April.
Exporters in India, the world's second-largest rice producer, are targeting the Indian diasporas and Middle Eastern communities.
From 18.86% share in 2009-10 wheat procurement season, the FCI's share has come down to 12.61% in 2014-15.
Prices of skimmed milk powder (SMP) fell to $2,700 (Rs 162,000) a tonne in the global market on March 17 from over $4,100 (Rs 246,000) in April 2014.
Skymet expects a few dry patches in parts of northwest, central and south India but on the whole it is optimistic of normal rains in 2015.
Farmers are selling potato at prices as low as Rs 3 a kg in Uttar Pradesh, down from Rs 10-12 last year.
According to official data, pulses and vegetables became costlier by about 15 per cent in a year and onions by 26.6 per cent, while fruit prices rose 16.8 per cent.
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