Mehbooba chairs SLCC meeting of FCI

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SRINAGAR: Emphasizing the need for construction of high-tech go-downs in the state, Member Parliament, Mehbooba Mufti today asked Food Corporation of India (FCI) to formulate a proposal for construction of two Silos (modern go-downs) of 50,000 MT capacity for funding from the Centre.

She said these Silos would be set up near railway line in both provinces to stock adequate food-grains especially to meet the requirements in winter season, during natural calamities and other emergencies.

Chairing State Level Consultative Committee (SLCC) meeting of Food Corporation of India here today, the MP impressed upon the FCI to establish additional storage capacity in every district under Private Entrepreneur Guarantee scheme (PEG) with fair geographical distribution to cover every nook and corner of the state. She asked them to build these stores as per the futuristic requirements.

In order to take benefit of procurement and minimum support price, Mehbooba directed FCI to set up permanent mandis in food surplus districts in coordination with CA&PD and Agriculture Departments and concerned PRIs for timely off-take of grains from both the provinces. She said this would help in improving financial condition of the farmers besides providing them a platform for selling their crops at better rates.

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