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‘Modern steel silos to store foodgrains from 2025’

The Union Govt has chalked out a program for modernising storage of foodgrains in metal silos. By 2024-twenty five, all foodgrains in the state will be stored in fashionable silos and typical storage services will be phased out step by step, Food items and General public Distribution Secretary Sudanshu Pandey reported on Thursday.

From this yr, the government has decided to not give authorization to retail store grains in included plinth and places that are open to sky. The Centre has cleared an extra twenty for each cent ability to warehouses that are able of storing much more grains. This one phase has aided create an extra one hundred sixty lakh tonnes storage ability in present warehouses with a overall ability of 816 lakh tonnes, reported Pandey at a push briefing here.

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Procurement agencies have procured 64.seven lakh tonnes (lt) of wheat till Wednesday for the present-day rabi marketing and advertising time that commenced on March fifteen. The Centre is “confident” of procuring the approximated 427.36 lt of wheat, almost 37 lt much more than previous year’s document wheat procurement of 389.ninety three lakh tonnes.

Though much more than thirty.one lakh tonnes of wheat have been procured in Haryana, twenty.sixty three lakh tonnes and ten.fifty six lakh tonnes of wheat have been procured in Madhya Pradesh and Punjab, respectively, so considerably. The overall procurement in the course of the corresponding period of time past yr was mere sixty tonnes as the procurement functions have been impacted by the unexpected lockdown imposed by the Union Govt at first.

Pandey thanks Punjab govt

Pandey thanked Punjab Govt, arhtiyas (commission agents) and farmers in the Condition for making immediate lender transfer (DBT) doable for wheat procurement less than the minimum amount guidance selling price (MSP) scheme for constructing buffer stocks. The stocks are procured by the Food items Corporation of India for distribution of foodgrains as a result of ration shops and less than different welfare techniques.

He certain the arhtiyas that their commission way too would be transferred directly to their lender accounts. Punjab and Haryana have been the past two States in the state to shift to the DBT mode and the scheme is applied from the present-day rabi time.

“There is no stakeholder interest clash or encroachment in Punjab. Arhtiyas are getting their commission individually as a result of the digital-mode of payment. Earlier, the MSP was going to farmers as a result of arhtiyas and now it is remaining directly transferred to farmers on the web,” he reported.

Pandey reported so considerably ₹12,800 crore has been transferred to the lender accounts of six,sixty,593 farmers in 11 States across the state. Though procurement commenced in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan on March fifteen and in Haryana on April one, it begun in Punjab on April ten. The Food items Secretary reported that the procurement will acquire further momentum right after Baisakhi, which was celebrated on Tuesday.

Pandey denied that considerable portions of grains are weakened due to weak problems of godowns in the state. He reported the grains missing due to weak storage in past two many years have been .006 for each cent and .004 for each cent respectively.

In accordance to Pandey, an extra storage ability of one hundred lakh tonnes is remaining made in India to increase the storage infrastructure. A metal silo of has already occur up in Ahmedabad, whilst a pilot project is going on in Buxar in Bihar to take a look at the viability of metal silos for prolonged-time period storage of rice.

The Food items Secretary admitted that there is a selling price increase in oilseeds but attributed it to a quantity of worldwide aspects this sort of as crop harm to oil crops in Latin American countries (Soyabean) and Ukraine (Sunflower). Nevertheless, he also pointed out that the farmers in the state benefited as prices of soyabean and castor seeds are ruling higher than MSP.