Lakhs of tons of Paddy held up in Punjab as Rail movement halted for 2 months

2020-11-19 12:30:50 Logistics News (Roadways & Railways)

Lakhs of tons of freshly harvested paddy has been locked up in granary bowl of the country Punjab as railway have stopped freight train movement following the farmer agitation against the passage of bills in parliament a two months ago

Dire need to evacuate the stored rice from Punjab to free up enough space for more

FCI sources said there is a dire need to evacuate the stored rice from Punjab to free up enough space for more.

Meanwhile the Food Corporation of India (FCI) has doubled the movement of foodgrains from Haryana and Madhya Pradesh by rail to build stocks in rest of the country as the stalemate continues over train movement in Punjab, impacting evacuation of procured wheat and paddy in the state.

Though FCI has enough stock of rice in the central pool to meet the requirement, it has increased movement of rice from these two major rice-producing states and Andhra Pradesh as well.

On an average 25 rakes of rice are being moved daily from Haryana compared to only 10 rakes earlier and 15rakes carrying rice are being moved from Madhya Pradesh compared to the earlier trend of only 7 per day. Officials said 5 rakes containing are being operated from Andhra Pradesh on a daily basis.

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