Grain markets in northern India are packed with buyers as farmers start selling what could be India's greatest ever harvest.
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GV with sieves sifting grain
SV buyers inspecting wheat
GV workers weigh sacks of grain and pile them up
SV PAN grain sacks being loaded on to lorry. (2 shots)
GV grain carts queuing to get in to market
SV sacks of grain that have been sold at the market being taken away
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Background: Grain markets in northern India are packed with buyers as farmers start selling what could be India's greatest ever harvest.
The government estimates that the current wheat crop will be about 115 million tonnes (tons) -- more than last year's production and imports put together. It is also seven million tonnes (tons) higher than the previous record, set in 1970-71.
But farmers in the main wheat growing states of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and the Punjab have still complained that strong winds and hail storms over the last weeks of the harvest have taken the edge off the crop.
After bringing their wheat to the markets, the farmers sift the grains to check it is clean. Government inspectors check each pile of wheat for purity before it can be sold.
The government has offered a support price to ensure prices remain high, despite the abnormally large amounts on sale.
Recurring food shortages and occasional famines have always been one of India's most sensitive issues. But with this bumper crop, India plans to build a reserve stock of at least 13 million tonnes (tons) to guard against possible drought and crop failures in the future.