The Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Ministry of Food and Public Distribution and Ministry of Health and Public Welfare have mandated the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) to prepare a detailed plan to upgrade the storage facilities of the Food Corporation of India (FCI) in order to strengthen food grains stock of Indian Government. Tenders were floated by the Govt. inviting the business owners and companies for the construction of Steel Silos with 1.3 MT (Metric Tons)capacity of wheat storage. The Govt. also plans to use Information Technology for gradation of Food grains storage facilities in India. The private sector has also taken this opportunity with open arms and various agreements have been entered with the Pvt. sector for the construction of Steel Silos. The govt. aims to upgrade the traditional Godowns for storage of food stock by maximum utilization of the existing space.
As far as the storage of rice is concerned, the govt. is considering the technology which can be used for storage and transportation of rice in bulk quantities because large Steel silos cannot be built because rice storage needtemperature-controlled conditions and it cannot be stored for a long period of time. The main objective of the Govt. is the efficient transportation of food grain between FCI godowns, fair price shops and state governments.
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