Non-lifting of stored wheat causes crisis for rice millers

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Ferozepur, Sep 5 (UNI) Non-lifting of stored wheat, purchased by the different procurement agencies in this district has not only led to glut like situation in majority of wheat procurement centres but also spells crisis for millers and government procurement agencies as the arrival of new paddy crop is round the corner.

According to reports, more than 43 lakh bags of wheat have been lying in open plinths of the rice shellers at Jalalabad, a prime store centre under this district. Officials of the procurement agencies are finding it hard to move out these stocks due to poor demand of these stocks in the other states.

During the current season, the government procurement agencies had been compelled to procure extra stock of wheat from their prescribed quota and to store these purchased stock, rice millers of the area had been instructed to accommodate the storage of these stocks in the rice mills.

The officials of the procurement agencies had promised the millers that the stock stored in the rice mills would be lifted on priority basis before September but till date no efforts has been made by the procurement agencies to vacate the plinths of the rice mills so as to allow them to adjust the arrival of new paddy, which is expected to start arriving in the market in the last week of this month or first week of October.

According to reports, presently 12.5 lakh bags of wheat have been lying stored with the Food Corporation of India (FCI), 9.72 lakh and 5 lakh bags with Pungrain and Punjab Agro respectively.

Likewise, 8.30 lakh bags, 6.25 lakh and 1.10 lakh bags of wheat were lying stored with Punsup, Markfed and Warehouse respectively.

According to information, out of the total stored stock about 40 per cent was lying stored in open plinths.

Rice millers of the area are demandind that the stock stored in their mills to be lifted immediately to enable them to adjust new arrival of paddy stock in their mills.

When contacted, FCI District Manger Deepak Sharma said "The poor demand of wheat in the other states, has lowered the movement and lifting of stored wheat". "If the situation not improved in near future, we are certainly going to face hard time during the procurement and storing of next paddy crop," he added.

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