New Delhi: A total of 541 tonnes of foodgrain was reported as damaged across the country till July this year, Parliament was informed on Tuesday.
Out of this, 359.07 tonnes was rice and the rest 182.26 tonnes wheat, Food and Consumer Affairs minister K V Thomas said in a written reply in Lok Sabha.
Giving region-wise break-up of the damage up to July 1, 2011, the minister said that West Bengal accounted for maximum (355 tonnes) quantity of rice damaged.
For wheat, Gujarat had a lion share of 171 tonnes, he added.
Among others, Andhra Pradesh reported 4.07 tonnes of rice damaged while for wheat Uttar Pradesh accounted for loss of 11 tonnes and Andhra Pradesh (0.20 tonnes), the minister said.
Thomas said a total of 6346 tonnes of foodgrains (both rice and wheat) were accrued as non-issuable (damaged) during the year 2010-11.
On steps taken to prevent rotting of foodgrains, he said the state governments have been requested to follow the instructions issued by the central government regarding safe and proper storage of foodgrains in covered and CAP storage to avoid damage during storage.
These instructions were reiterated through a department's letter to the states dated July 6, 2011, he added.