The country has developed sufficient capacity for the storage of foodgrains. This information was given in a written reply by the Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution, Danve Raosaheb Dadarao in Rajya Sabha last week.
Against total stocks of 642.32 LMT (as on 01.10.2019), the total storage capacity available with Food Corporation of India (FCI), Central Warehousing Corporation (CWC) and the State Agencies (both owned and hired capacity), was 753.93 LMT (as on 30.09.2019) comprising 624.13 LMT in covered godowns and 129.80 LMT in Cover and Plinth (CAP) storage. As on 30.09.2019, a total of 2131 godowns and silos (including both owned and hired) are available with FCI for stocking Central Pool foodgrains. The State/UT-wise details are at Annexure.
The minister also informed that Private Entrepreneurs Guarantee (PEG) Scheme has helped in considerable capacity addition for foodgrains warehousing. Under this Scheme, storage capacity is created by private parties, CWC and State Government Agencies for guaranteed hiring by FCI. A capacity of 143.08 LMT has been created as on 30.09.2019.