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Government of India
Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution
21-February-2014 13:33 IST
Storage capacity enough for Central Foodgrain Stocks

The total storage capacity available for storage of Central Food Stocks as on 31-12-2013 is 755.89 lakh MTs. The total food stocks on 31.12.2013 were 427.45 lakh MTs. Thus, the storage capacity available is more than sufficient for storing Central Food Stocks. This information was given by the Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Prof. K.V. Thomas in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.

Prof. Thomas said that the total requirement of foodgrains for implementing the National Food Security Act (NSFA) is estimated to be 612 lakh MTs. The available storage capacity is more than what is required to stock foodgrains for implementing the NFSA. However, augmentation of storage capacity is required in a few states for operational reasons which are addressed through Private Entrepreneurs Guarantee (PEG) Scheme and Plan funds.

The minister asserted that, FCI is not facing any shortage of storage space for Central Pool Food Stocks. Sometimes, due to increased arrivals of grains during the peak of the procurement season, the Covered and Plinth (CAP) storage is resorted to as a temporary measure. In this regard, all precautions are taken to ensure that there is no wastage of foodgrains on account of rains.