New Delhi: The record breaking production of Rabi crops and good sowing of Kharif crops this season should leave the Who’s Who of the government to be a happy lot. However, the limited infrastructure to store the foodgrains in the country has left the government to be a worried lot.

In order to meet the limitations of foodgrain storage, Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar met with Union Food Minister KV Thomas on Monday and constituted a committee of secretaries that would recommend suggestions to meet the problem within a week.

According to the predictions for the fourth quarter, it is expected that at least 24.1 crore tonnes of foodgrains will be produced which will include 9.5 crore tonnes of wheat. According to the Ministry of Agriculture, the government is expecting record breaking production of rice.

Presently, both government and private warehouses are overflowing with foodgrains. Nearly 6.54 crore tonnes of buffer stock is lying out in the open due to lack of warehouses.

Therefore, it has become imperative for the government to augment the good grain storage facility, especially when it aims to enact Food Security Act, which aims to provide food to the poor.

Interestingly, less than average rainfall was recorded this year, but it has not affected the sowing area, which will give good yield.

As informed by a senior official of Food Corporation of India (FCI), it will not be possible to let rice lie in the open like wheat.

JPN/Bureau