‘Modern steel silos to store foodgrains from 2025’

The Union Authorities has chalked out a approach for modernising storage of foodgrains in metal silos. By 2024-twenty five, all foodgrains in the nation will be stored in modern day silos and conventional storage amenities will be phased out progressively, Meals and Public Distribution Secretary Sudanshu Pandey claimed on Thursday.

From this 12 months, the authorities has determined to not give permission to retailer grains in lined plinth and areas that are open to sky. The Centre has cleared an additional 20 for every cent capacity to warehouses that are capable of storing extra grains. This one stage has assisted build an additional 160 lakh tonnes storage capacity in current warehouses with a full capacity of 816 lakh tonnes, claimed Pandey at a push briefing here.

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Procurement organizations have procured 64.7 lakh tonnes (lt) of wheat till Wednesday for the latest rabi advertising season that commenced on March 15. The Centre is “confident” of procuring the approximated 427.36 lt of wheat, virtually 37 lt extra than previous year’s record wheat procurement of 389.93 lakh tonnes.

Though extra than thirty.one lakh tonnes of wheat have been procured in Haryana, 20.63 lakh tonnes and 10.56 lakh tonnes of wheat have been procured in Madhya Pradesh and Punjab, respectively, so much. The full procurement throughout the corresponding period of time final 12 months was mere sixty tonnes as the procurement functions ended up afflicted by the unexpected lockdown imposed by the Union Authorities in the beginning.

Pandey many thanks Punjab govt

Pandey thanked Punjab Authorities, arhtiyas (fee agents) and farmers in the Condition for creating immediate financial institution transfer (DBT) doable for wheat procurement beneath the least guidance price (MSP) plan for constructing buffer shares. The shares are procured by the Meals Corporation of India for distribution of foodgrains as a result of ration outlets and beneath numerous welfare techniques.

He assured the arhtiyas that their fee way too would be transferred right to their financial institution accounts. Punjab and Haryana ended up the final two States in the nation to transfer to the DBT mode and the plan is implemented from the latest rabi season.

“There is no stakeholder desire clash or encroachment in Punjab. Arhtiyas are receiving their fee independently as a result of the digital-mode of payment. Previously, the MSP was heading to farmers as a result of arhtiyas and now it is getting right transferred to farmers on the net,” he claimed.

Pandey claimed so much ₹12,800 crore has been transferred to the financial institution accounts of six,sixty,593 farmers in 11 States across the nation. Though procurement commenced in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan on March 15 and in Haryana on April one, it commenced in Punjab on April 10. The Meals Secretary claimed that the procurement will gain further momentum after Baisakhi, which was celebrated on Tuesday.

Pandey denied that substantial portions of grains are ruined because of to bad conditions of godowns in the nation. He claimed the grains missing because of to bad storage in final two years ended up .006 for every cent and .004 for every cent respectively.

According to Pandey, an additional storage capacity of 100 lakh tonnes is getting designed in India to boost the storage infrastructure. A metal silo of has presently come up in Ahmedabad, while a pilot challenge is heading on in Buxar in Bihar to test the viability of metal silos for long-expression storage of rice.

The Meals Secretary admitted that there is a price rise in oilseeds but attributed it to a amount of international variables these kinds of as crop harm to oil crops in Latin American countries (Soyabean) and Ukraine (Sunflower). Having said that, he also pointed out that the farmers in the nation benefited as prices of soyabean and castor seeds are ruling above MSP.