Storage breather for FCI, grains stock at 68 mt
The stock available with government is reported in excess of 68 million tonne at the start of the month.
As per latest data on Friday, the government stocks declined by more than 1 million tonne during last one month. Out of the total grains ó mostly rice and wheat ó stocks of more than 68 mt, FCI has 30.6 mt of rice and 37.6 mt of wheat in its godowns.
Although grain stocks have declined from its peak at 81 mt in June, the stocks at the start of the month was far excess of requirement under the strategic reserve and buffer stocks norms of 25 mt on January 1.
A food ministry official told FE that with wheat stocks of more than 37 million tonne, more grains will be loaded in the open market in next few weeks besides exports.
The food stocks are also at alarming levels as FCI and other agencies have storage capacities to keep grains to the tune of 61 million tonne. This includes 18 mt of cover and plinth capacity that canít keep the grains intact for more than a few weeks. The stocks are expected to rise further in the coming months as rice procurement picks up in states such as Chhattisgarh, Orissa and AP. The government is aiming at purchasing a record
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