New Delhi: As the good news for farmers became a cause of concern for the government, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has convened a high-level meeting on April 30 with the Agriculture Ministry and the Food Corporation of India (FCI) to discuss the stock of the storage capacity.

The meeting has been convened in the backdrop of reports that farmers will not be able to get space for their food grains in the government warehouses. Earlier, Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar in a letter to the Prime Minister had written that the government is not in a situation to provide storage to the bumper farm produce and the situation might become worse if serious steps were not taken.

Manmohan Singh is expected to look for some makeshift arrangements to make the situation mild.

Food Secretary BC Gupta said, “The country is facing shortage of godowns for the storage of one crore tonne food grains in the current fiscal. Concerned states governments including Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and Chhattisgarh have been asked to make temporary arrangements for the farmers. FCI officials have been directed to remain in touch with district administrations.”

Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee will also attend the meeting.

A lot of food grain got rot in 2011 and it seems that the story is set to be repeated this year as well. According to government statistics, food grain production for 2011-12 estimated at an all-time high of 252.56 million tonnes, almost 3.1 per cent more than that the previous year's production. India has a storage capacity of 64 million tonnes, while the country’s food grain stock is expected to reach 74 million tonnes by June this year.

(JPN/Bureau)