Out of this around 17.40 lakh tonne will be custom milled rice and one lakh tonne will be levy (from private millers). This, however, is almost at par with the rice contributed in 2009-10 which stood at 18.56 lakh tonne.
A senior official of the Food Corporation of India (FCI) told FE that the total rice due to be contributed to the central pool is around 18.40 lakh tonne this year. The area under paddy cultivation has been recorded as 11.50 lakh hectares this kharif season and the production is likely to go up to 56.07 lakh tonne. Out of this about 48 lakh tonne paddy will arrive in the mandis. The state procuring agencies will purchase paddy from 181 purchase centres, the official said.
Out of the rice to be contributed last year to the central pool (18.56 lakh tonne) around 17.66 lakh tonne was custom milled rice and around 90,000 tonne was levy. FCI so far has received 17.29 lakh tonne custom milled rice and 52,000 tonne of levy rice.
The official further added that though the arrival of the crop is slow this year as compared to last year but it will eventually pick up. Due to the inclement weather this year the ripening of paddy has been delayed a bit which is affecting early arrival of the crop into the mandis. Where the procurement of paddy was getting preponed since the last two years, this year it started from October 1 only.
As per data available the average paddy arrival till date is about 44,785 tonne per day whereas last year per day arrival stood at 85,000 tonne during the same period.
Moreover, state procuring agencies have purchased 3.73 lakh tonne paddy so far which is far behind the figure of 7.95 lakh tonne purchased during the same period in 2009-10.
Private millers have purchased around 70,000 tonne so far and in 2009-10 the purchases done by the millers stood at 73,000 tonne till same date. Talking about the storage space the FCI official informed that a total of 3.87 lakh tonne of space is available with FCI out of which around 2 lakh tonne can be used for storing rice.