17 Feb 2014

FCI to Construct of Silos of 20 Lakh MT

Government of India
FCI has undertaken a construction of silos to modernize warehousing.  A capacity of 20 lakh MT silo capacity is proposed to be created in 10 states on PPP basis. 

 These silos will be connected via rail network and handling of stocks at receiving and dispatching ends will be in bulk in form thereby minimizing storage and transit losses. 

This information was given by the Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Prof. K.V. Thomas in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.

He said that storage capacity available with FCI and the State agencies put together is about 75.60 million MT, which is sufficient to take care of storage requirements under NFSA.

 The Minister added that the estimated allocation of foodgrains (Wheat+Rice) under NFSA shall be 61.2 million MT that is slightly higher then the current allocation level of 55.1 million MT.  Thus, off-take will increase and this would give relief to the  requirement of storage space.

In addition, the following initiatives have been taken to upgrade the conventional storage capacity:

·        Use of mechanized conveyers for handling operations inside the godowns to have efficiency in operations.

·        Use of truss less roofing in new constructions which ensures no leakage as ‘J’ Hooks are not being used.

·        Use of turbo ventilators on the roof of godowns for better circulation of air inside the godown for
        maintaining the health of foodgrains.

·        Replacement of old/damaged AC sheets with profile sheets to provide leak-proof roofs.

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