Why FCI does not want to procure parboiled rice from Telangana

The Food Corporation of India (FCI) has surplus shares of parboiled rice that can assist the central pool to meet up with the need from the consuming States in excess of the future 4 decades, according to Sudanshu Pandey, Union Food and Community Distribution Secretary.

“Not only Telangana but even from Chhattisgarh, parboiled rice procurement is not getting accomplished,” the Food Secretary mentioned.

Although choosing not to procure parboiled rice from Telangana, the FCI mentioned it would be inclined to procure white rice.

“We experienced communicated our conclusion very well in progress to the Telangana federal government. In actuality, we experienced consulted with the Point out federal government when fixing the procurement volume,” mentioned Pandey. He was responding to a query from BusinessLine on views of rice traders that Telangana was trying to mislead them on the rice procurement issue.

Last season, the FCI experienced been reluctant to procure parboiled rice. But Telangana Main Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao achieved officers at the Centre and confident them to acquire an more 2.47 million tonnes (mt). In accomplishing so, he came to an comprehension that the company will not procure from the rabi harvest season setting up April future.

Procurement norms

The Point out federal government has explained to the farmers that the FCI will not procure parboiled rice from April future and that they should swap to choice crops. Nevertheless, the issue obtained politicised with the Opposition, led by the BJP, crying foul and Rao blaming the Centre for the difficulties. On Friday, the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) staged protests towards the FCI conclusion not to procure parboiled rice.

In distinction, Opposition parties point out that procurement of kharif rice is however to get started in the Point out. They have released a individual agitation demanding its rapid obtain.

Pandey mentioned one cause for the FCI to minimize its parboiled rice obtain is that some States have produced their personal selection and use their personal decentralised procurement program (DCP) for personal consumption.

“Kerala and Bihar have their personal parboiled rice and use their DCP. For that reason, there is no need from the central pool (for parboiled rice). What do we do following procuring it?” the Secretary mentioned. Telangana should adhere to the comprehension attained with the Centre, he mentioned. Rice traders mentioned the issue for the Telangana federal government is if farmers decide to develop more white rice, they get brokens.

Broken rice

The issue for farmers is that all through February-March the very hot problems result in the grains acquiring damaged. In get to get over it, they decide for the parboiled selection.

On this, Pandey mentioned: “Telangana farmers cultivate large-yielding types but these split up effortlessly all through milling. To steer clear of this, they steam the paddy so that they gain in generate as very well as price tag. Initiatives have to be produced to decrease the brokens,” he mentioned.

Persons in Telangana do not consume parboiled rice, which is getting created for consumption by other States. Now, it has strike a hurdle with the consuming States coming up with their personal system, traders mentioned.