Friday, 30 December 2011

Food Corporation of India decides to set up four storage structures in Tripura for increasing the food grains storage capacity.

   Recent media reports indicated that food corporation of India has decided to set up four storage structures in Tripura with total storage capacity of 45,000 metric tons. These storage structures have been decided to be set up in the following places:-
          Kumarghat North Tripura district
          Ambassa Dhalai district
          Jirania West Tripura district
          Santirbazar South Tripura district
   These proposed storage structures with individual storage capacity as noted below will increase the total storage capacity of food grain in the state as well as in all India level.
   Place of proposed storage structure Proposed capacity
         Kumarghat 5000 M.T
         Ambassa 5000 M.T
         Jirania 20000 M.T
         Santirbazar 15000 M.T
         Total 45000 M.T

     All these four storage structures are planned to be set in the periphery of the nearest railway line for availing the good transportation facility which until then had to depend mostly on trucks would definitely be a good time and money savers of the Government in the pursuit to the food grain transportation and storage in the designated storage structures.
   Proposed storage structures at Kumarghat, Ambasa and Jirania have already come under within the reach of railway line and the remaining storage structure (proposed) at Santirbazar would also come within the facility of railway line within the few years as works for extension of railway line towards south Tripura district extending up to Sabroom sub-division is stated to be in the progressive side.
    Now, the question is; how do these storage structures help the people of Tripura? Of course, there is no denying that it is through which the state Tripura receives food grain allocation of Government of India in subsidized rates as the case may be and meet the needs of the people of the state.
      But, Tripura, very recently made a mark of improvement in food grain production especially the rice and Tripura is also the recipient for ICAR awards in the north eastern states during the year 2010-11 for remarkable improvement in rice cultivation and production.
       Moreover, there are media reports that rice cultivation in Tripura has become a non-profitable activity due to lower prices and its subsequent affects on the total farm income of the real stake holder of the state.
      In this typical situation; what a farmer and general person can expect from the move of the Government of India in Food Corporation of India?
     The matter of the fact is; do the farmers of the state are capable enough to feed the storage of the food corporation of India in support price? This is the aspect Government would like to take up with the food corporation of India for betterment of the farmers of the state especially the rice farmers of the state
  Agritangkol dated 09.12.2011 at 11.29 P.M

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