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World’s Largest Grain Storage Plan

World’s Largest Grain Storage Plan:

The National Level Coordination Committee (NLCC) for the world’s largest grain storage plan held its first meeting in Delhi.

  • The plan aims to transform Primary Agricultural Credit Societies (PACS) into Multi-Service Societies.
  • The pilot project, implemented in 11 states, focuses on creating agricultural infrastructure at the PACS level, including warehouses and processing units, through various government schemes.
  • The Ministry of Cooperation will implement a pilot project in at least 10 districts to gather regional insights for nationwide implementation.
  • An IMC will modify guidelines and implementation methodologies for creating infrastructure at Primary Agricultural Credit Societies (PACS) using available schemes.
  • The ministry will implement it through the National Cooperative Development Corporation with support from NABARD, FCI, and others
  • The plan aims to address the agricultural storage infrastructure shortage and enable PACS to function as procurement centres, fair price shops, custom hiring centres, and processing units.
  • It will reduce food grain wastage, enhance food security, prevent distress sales, reduce transportation costs, and strengthen PACS.
  • The National Level Coordination Committee was formed within one week of approval. Implementation guidelines are issued within 15 days of approval.
  • Portal for PACS linkage rolled out within 45 days of approval.
  • Implementation starts within 45 days of approval.
  • FCI is a nodal agency responsible for procurement, storage and movement of food grains, public distribution and maintenance of buffer stocks.
  • FCI, set up under the Food Corporation’s Act 1964, works under the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution.
  • CWC established under Warehousing Corporations Act, 1962 for warehousing of agricultural produce and other notified commodities