9 May 2012

Silos for Foodgrain Storage


The Government has approved creation of storage capacity of two million tonne through construction of silos, within the overall storage requirements of FCI. The FCI is the nodal agency for implementing the scheme for construction of silos through Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode. The FCI has decided the State wise distribution of capacity to be constructed in silos as under:-

Sl. No
State
Silo capacity in MTs
1.
Bihar
 2,00,000
2.
Haryana
 3,00,000
3.
Madhya Pradesh
 3,50,000
4.
Maharashtra
 1,00,000
5.
Punjab
 4,00,000
6.
Uttar Pradesh
 3,00,000
7.
West Bengal
 2,00,000
8.
Assam
   50,000
9.
Kerala
   50,000
10.
Gujarat
   50,000
Total
20,00,000
        

The sites for the location of the silos are to be decided by the FCI in consultation with the State Governments.  The State Level Committees on Silos (SLCS) have been constituted by FCI for this purpose.  The overall storage requirement has been assessed on the overall procurement/consumption and the storage space already available.  For the consuming states, under Private Entrepreneurs Guarantee (PEG) Scheme storage capacity is to be created to meet four months’ requirement of PDS and other Welfare Schemes in a State.  This information was given by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution, Prof. K.V. Thomas in a reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.

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