Food storage in Tamil Nadu to go up by March

Food Corporation of India (FCI), which also procures foodgrains for the State’s public distribution system, will add another one lakh tonnes of storage capacity by March 2015.

A.S. Arunachalam, general manager (Tamil Nadu), said the Tamil Nadu Warehousing Corporation was constructing the facilities in Tiruvannamalai, Madurantakam, Ariyalur and Dindigul.

“We will be taking the warehouses on rent for a period of 10 years. Another one lakh tonnes of storage will be added the next year,” he said.

FCI currently has the capacity to store around 6.5 lakh tonnes of foodgrains. It also hires godowns from Central Warehousing Corporation of India and Tamil Nadu State Warehousing Corporation.

“We have 10.60 lakh tonnes of grains on hand and this is enough for three months. Each month, the State consumes around 3 lakh tonnes. Last year alone, we procured 30 lakh tonnes of rice for Tamil Nadu,” said Mr. Arunachalam.

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