Kolkata: There is another good news for the State Government according to a Union Food Processing Industries Ministry report, Bengal is ahead of its neighbours in foodgrain procurement and foodgrain storage infrastructure.
As per the report, Bengal has a lot of potential in the field of paddy procurement. Hence, while the procurement during the 2016-17 kharif season was 40 lakh metric tonnes, the target set for the 2017-18 season by the State Government is 52 lakh metric tonnes.
After the Trinamool Congress Government came to power in 2011, the state has stopped procuring foodgrains from neighbouring states for distribution through the public distribution system, that is, ration shops, which is a big achievement.
On the other hand, Bengal is selling foodgrains to its neighbouring states for distribution through the PDS. Jharkhand, for example, is buying 5 lakh metric tonnes from Bengal. Not just that, the Centre now wants Bengal to supply to Tamil Nadu and Kerala too.
Additionally, as per the report, the Centre now wants Bengal to join the elite list of states which supply foodgrains to other states to make up for their shortfall. Hence, Bengal would soon join states like Andhra Pradesh, Punjab, Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana.