The Union Governing administration has chalked out a strategy for modernising storage of foodgrains in metal silos. By 2024-25, all foodgrains in the place will be stored in present day silos and common storage facilities will be phased out slowly, Food stuff and General public Distribution Secretary Sudanshu Pandey said on Thursday.
From this calendar year, the authorities has decided to not give permission to store grains in covered plinth and places that are open to sky. The Centre has cleared an additional 20 per cent capacity to warehouses that are capable of storing far more grains. This one stage has assisted build an additional a hundred and sixty lakh tonnes storage capacity in present warehouses with a overall capacity of 816 lakh tonnes, said Pandey at a push briefing listed here.
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Procurement agencies have procured sixty four.7 lakh tonnes (lt) of wheat till Wednesday for the latest rabi advertising year that commenced on March fifteen. The Centre is “confident” of procuring the approximated 427.36 lt of wheat, almost 37 lt far more than past year’s report wheat procurement of 389.ninety three lakh tonnes.
Though far more than thirty.one lakh tonnes of wheat have been procured in Haryana, 20.63 lakh tonnes and ten.56 lakh tonnes of wheat have been procured in Madhya Pradesh and Punjab, respectively, so considerably. The overall procurement all through the corresponding period very last calendar year was mere sixty tonnes as the procurement functions had been affected by the sudden lockdown imposed by the Union Governing administration initially.
Pandey many thanks Punjab govt
Pandey thanked Punjab Governing administration, arhtiyas (commission agents) and farmers in the Condition for building direct bank transfer (DBT) doable for wheat procurement beneath the minimum assist price tag (MSP) scheme for building buffer stocks. The stocks are procured by the Food stuff Company of India for distribution of foodgrains by ration outlets and beneath a variety of welfare techniques.
He assured the arhtiyas that their commission way too would be transferred instantly to their bank accounts. Punjab and Haryana had been the very last two States in the place to go to the DBT manner and the scheme is implemented from the latest rabi year.
“There is no stakeholder interest clash or encroachment in Punjab. Arhtiyas are acquiring their commission independently by the digital-manner of payment. Previously, the MSP was likely to farmers by arhtiyas and now it is remaining instantly transferred to farmers on the internet,” he said.
Pandey said so considerably ₹12,800 crore has been transferred to the bank accounts of six,sixty,593 farmers in eleven States across the place. Though procurement commenced in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan on March fifteen and in Haryana on April one, it commenced in Punjab on April ten. The Food stuff Secretary said that the procurement will acquire even more momentum after Baisakhi, which was celebrated on Tuesday.
Pandey denied that considerable portions of grains are damaged due to very poor situations of godowns in the place. He said the grains missing due to very poor storage in very last two many years had been .006 per cent and .004 per cent respectively.
In accordance to Pandey, an additional storage capacity of one hundred lakh tonnes is remaining created in India to make improvements to the storage infrastructure. A metal silo of has currently come up in Ahmedabad, when a pilot task is likely on in Buxar in Bihar to test the viability of metal silos for extensive-term storage of rice.
The Food stuff Secretary admitted that there is a price tag increase in oilseeds but attributed it to a selection of global things this sort of as crop damage to oil crops in Latin American countries (Soyabean) and Ukraine (Sunflower). Having said that, he also pointed out that the farmers in the place benefited as prices of soyabean and castor seeds are ruling previously mentioned MSP.