Over 427 new Silos in Bihar soon

Patna, Jun 1 (PTI) The Bihar government would set up 427 silos for which it has signed a MoU with Nabard for a Rs 276 crore loan, to increase storage capacity of foodgrains.
Stating that the 500 tonnes silos would be constructed at all blocks, state Food and Consumer Protection Minister Shyam Rajak told newsmen here: “We will construct the new silos for increasing foodgrain storage capacity in Bihar”.
Stating that storage was a major problem and not agriculture production, the minister said the state had targetted 5 lakh tonne wheat this time, but unfortunately it could not be achieved.
“In case of paddy, the target has been surpassed at 11 lakh tonne against the targetted 105 lakh tonne,” he said.
Alleging that the Food Corporation of India was not cooperating with the state for storage, he said, “The FCI is supposed to ensure storage of 6 lakh tonne of foodgrains, but it has provided facility for only 1.5 lakh tonne”.
The FCI, he said, was not paying sufficient attention to Bihar for having godowns as compared to a state like Punjab.

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