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FCI ties up with IICPT to ascertain paddy OTR in Odisha, other 10 states

New Delhi: Food Corporation of India (FCI) will work in collaboration with Indian Institute of Crop Processing Technology (IICPT), Thanjavur to ascertain the outturn ratio (OTR) of paddy.

 The study will be conducted in 11 paddy-producing states across the country, FCI Chairman and Managing Director, Mr C Viswanath, said today after the PSU signed a memorandum of understanding with IICPT — an educational research and development institution founded in 1967.
FCI has initiated the study on behalf of Government of India, based on requests received from various states for fresh trial milling and fixation of Uniform OTR.
“The objective of the study,” Mr Viswanath revealed, “is to determine the OTR and to ascertain the milling yield of rice from paddy and the quality of milled rice obtained in different agro climatic zones in the states.” The states are Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Punjab, Haryana, Maharashtra, Orissa, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Kerala.
The MoU was signed at the FCI headquarters in the national capital on Monday by FCI Executive Director (Quality Control) Seema Kakar and Dr. K. Singaravadivel, Principal Scientist, IICPT, in the presence of by Mr Viswanath and IICPT Director Dr. K. Alagusundaram.
The study aims to attend to the long-pending demand of the rice milling industry as well as the state governments to re-fix the OTR, keeping in view the introduction of new varieties of paddy in country as well as advancements in rice milling technologies



Rice procurement unaffected by delayed rains

Rice procurement in Haryana and Punjab is in full swing, belying apprehensions of weak procurement due to delayed rains.

Haryana and Punjab begin harvesting rice before other states. This season, half the procurement in Punjab has already been completed.
Despite adverse weather conditions in certain parts of the country, rice procurement hasn't been hit, at least in the initial phase. Though procurement was delayed by two-three weeks in states in east and south India, owing to delayed rains, the yield wasn't affected.

For this financial year, the Centre has pegged paddy procurement at 51.3 million tonnes (mt). According to Food Corporation of India (FCI) estimates, about 8.1 mt of paddy has been procured in the initial phase.

An FCI source said floods in Odisha might affect procurement of the crop in that state. He added the estimates provided by state food secretaries were conservative ones and procurement in states that saw normal weather conditions might exceed these estimates.

Sources in the Central Rice Research Institute said long-duration varieties of the crop would recover from the floods, adding significant damage to the crop was unlikely.

On Thursday, a central team assessed the discoloration and damage to the crop in Punjab, owing to the delayed rains. The team would give its report in three-four days, FCI sources said

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FCI asked to lift monthly 1.2 lakh tonnes of kharif rice to store rabi harvest

With a bumper crop of rice this kharif, the Government has requested the Food Corporation of India (FCI) to lift at least 1.20 lakh tonnes of rice every month from the State to make space for rabi procurement.

According to a review by the Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare department in the last week of May, the Government has procured nearly 46 lakh tonnes of paddy which is equivalent to over 31 lakh tonnes of rice.

“Paddy procured till the end of May is 41 per cent more and the custom milled rice (CMR) delivery is 44 per cent of the kharif marketing season last year,” Food Supply Secretary Madhusudan Padhi said.

The Odisha State Civil Supplies Corporation (OSCSC), the nodal agency for paddy procurement, has purchased 42.35 lakh tonnes of paddy (equivalent to 28.8 lakh tonnes of rice) by the end of May. The corporation has, however, delivered 12.4 lakh tonnes of rice out of which nearly 3 lakh tonnes have been delivered to FCI.

Bulk of the rice procured by the corporation goes to the public distribution system to meet the BPL rice quota of the State. The total annual requirement of BPL rice in the State is about 22 lakh tonnes.

The latest estimate of the State said that over 13.88 lakh tonnes of rice have been delivered till the end of May. The CMR so far delivered is more than 16 lakh tonnes which is likely to rise due to bumper rabi harvest, Padhi said. Official sources said over 5.05 lakh tonnes of rice have been delivered to FCI during the current kharif marketing season (KMS) and utilisation of storage space is 88 per cent.The State Government has requested the Central agency to evacuate at least 1.20 lakh tonnes of rice from the State every month. Accordingly, FCI has been shifting rice stock from the State to make space for rabi procurement.

The Government has planned to deliver 1.78 lakh tonnes of rice to FCI in June, the sources said. In view of the bumper production of rice, the State had to revise its procurement target from 30 to 35 lakh tonnes for 2012-13 kharif season.

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Food Corporation of India Adds Over 4 Million Tons Storage Space in 2012-13

The Food Corporation of India (FCI) has added around 4.13 million tons of storage space during 2012-13 (April- March), with private warehouses making for most of the additions.

The FCI says that total storage space for storing food grains (mostly wheat and rice) with the agency as of April 1, 2013 stands at around 37.73 million tons, up about 4.13 million tons or about 12.3% from around 33.6 million tons recorded on April 1, 2012.

New covered space of around 3.78 million tons was hired, while about 260,000 tons of open space (cover and plinth) storage space was hired by the government durng 2012-13, according to FCI data. FCI owned storage space remains almost stagnant at around 13 million tons under the covered category and around 2.6 million tons under the open space category.

Storage space with the FCI accounts for around 50% of total storage space in the country’s central pool, which includes storage space with other central and state government agencies. According to official sources, total storage space for food grains in India now stands at around 71.8 million tons, including 37.7 million tons with the FCI and about 34.1 million tons with other agencies).

This year, total food grains stocks in India’s central pool is expected to peak at over 80 million tons in June-July 2013, which might result in significant losses of food grains due to exposure to monsoon rains that are expected to arrive in the country in June.

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