Govt approves proposal to clean damaged rice at Rs 6.25 per kg
Kottayam: Government has approved an expert committee’s proposal to clean and reuse 1564.38 metric tonne of damaged rice grains that has been kept in different godowns in the state. The rice grains will not be cleaned and distributed at once. The food inspection department will inspect whether the 40 loads of rice stored in Nedumangad is edible after cleaning it. A decision regarding its distribution will be taken based on their recommendation.
Selected mills will be given the responsibility of cleaning the damaged rice grains and it will cost Rs 6.25 per kg. It has to be examined whether it will be feasible to distribute this rice to consumers at a profitable margin.
A total of 2703.76 metric tonne of rice has been damaged. It was found that out of the total damaged rice grains, 1564.38 metric tonne could be reused after cleaning. 116.66 tonne would be destroyed and the remaining 721.48 metric tonne would be used as cattle fodder.
It was revealed in the inspection carried out by the Civil Supplies department that it was the poor state of the godowns that led to the grains getting damaged.
Poor state of godowns in Kerala
One of the major challenges of the public distribution department is the lack of godowns with 27 percent vacant space. The warehousing corporation provides the godowns to store the food grains. A decision was taken to construct bigger godowns as a solution to the problem. The construction of godowns in Valiyathura, Kollam and Thiruvalla (2) has been approved. The godowns of civil supplies corporation in Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Alappuzha, Munnar, Mananthavadi, Kottarakkara, Kochi among others are being used after renovation.