In order to augment its rice milling capacity, Haryana State Co-operative Supply and Marketing Federation (Hafed) is planning to install a new rice mill at Tohana. This will be the 14 th rice mill to be managed by Hafed. A senior official of Hafed told FE that the current capacity of all the 13 rice mills varies from 1.6 tonne per hour to 4 tonnne per hour. Total capacity of these rice mills is 30.2 tonne per hour. The new rice mill with a milling capacity of 6 tonne per hour is being built at an estimated cost of Rs 24 crore, said the official. Adding further he said, The project report is ready and consultants have been appointed. Tenders for allotting the work will be issued soon. We are planning to install latest machinery to match with the technology used by private millers.
Hafed is likely to explore new destinations for exporting rice that will be milled in the new rice mill at Tohana. Hafed purchased 7.68 lakh metric tonne paddy, spending Rs 830 crore in 2008-09 and 10.40 lac metric tonne at a price of Rs 1,248 crore in 2009-10. This year, approximately 9.50 lakh metric tonne paddy is likely to be purchased by Hafed.
The new mill, located at Taraori, is also being upgraded and modernised at an estimated cost of Rs 2.60 crore. Taraori is the only mill where all Hafed basmati rice being sold/exported in branded consumer packs is being processed and packed.