Madhya Pradesh state govt has been offering Rs 100 over and above the minimum support price(MSP) offered by central govt leading to better procurement. Other catalysts to increased area under wheat cultivation has been various irrigation schemes started by state govt in last 5 years and measures to make fallow land productive. Wheat procurement of MP govt is almost equalling that of Punjab and Haryana. Well done Shivraj Singh ji ! M.P. wheat area up 35% on bonus, better buying system New Delhi, Jan. 8: The strategy of announcing a bonus over the Centreâ€™s minimum support price (MSP) and strengthening of the procurement system has helped Madhya Pradesh expand wheat area over the past few years. The wheat area in the State has grown by 35 per cent in the past six years and is set to cross 50 lakh hectares in current rabi season. â€œWheat area has been increasing steadily. We have already crossed the targeted area of 49.55 lakh ha last week,â€ said M.M. Upadhyay, Agriculture Production Commissioner, Madhya Pradesh. So far, farmers have planted wheat on 49.64 lakh hectares (lh), surpassing last yearâ€™s 49.01 lh. Sowing is almost complete but the numbers are still coming in. Besides the bonus, the State Governmentâ€™s move to bring in additional land under cultivation by making fallow land productive and the expansion of irrigation through various schemes has also contributed to the wheat area, Upadhyay said. Madhya Pradesh started offering bonus of Rs 100 a quintal over the Centreâ€™s MSP to wheat growers since 2007-08 to encourage more production. There are expectations that the MP Government will announce a bonus this year, too, considering that it is an election year. For the rabi marketing season 2013-14, the Centre has announced a MSP of Rs 1,350 a quintal, about Rs 65 more than last year. The area under wheat has grown from 37 lh in 2007-08 to 49 lh in 2011-12, while production shot up from six million tonnes to 10.5 million tonnes during the period. MP has emerged as a major procurer of wheat recent years, almost matching the traditional States of Punjab and Haryana. â€œProcurement has picked up substantially over the past five years and there has been a substantial increase in volumes and scale of operations in the past two years. The price support announced by the State through a bonus has made a difference to the growers,â€ said Mekhala Krishnamurthy, a social anthropologist, who has studied the procurement system in Harda district of MP. Last year, the Government procured 85 per cent of the wheat produced in the State against 0.8 per cent in 2006-07. Wheat procurement stood at a record high of 8.5 million tonnes in 2011-12 against 4.90 million tonnes in the previous year.