200 warehouses to be built in cooperative sector
As many as 200 godowns with 1,000 metric tonne capacity will be built for increasing storage capacity in the cooperative sector of Madhya Pradesh in the next three years.
These godowns will be constructed purely on subsidy basis. A sum of Rs 134 crore has been sanctioned for construction of these warehouses under the National Agriculture Development Scheme, an official release said.
A sum of Rs 30 crore has been sanctioned under the scheme in the state this year for construction of 50 godowns. Of this, the Agriculture Department has transferred Rs 10 crore to the Cooperatives Department.
Directives were given to district collectors for allotting free of cost lands to primary cooperative societies for construction of godowns. So far, process of land allotment has been completed at four places in Ratlam district, 31 in Dewas, 10 in Satna, 18 in Panna, one each place in Tikamgarh, Hoshangabad and Shivpuri districts and two places in Ujjain district.
Cooperatives Minister Gaurishankar Bisen has directed departmental district officers to take effective initiative at collectorate in connection with allotment of land. The government has decided to make agriculture profitable and increase storage capacity in the government sector.
After completion of the scheme, storage capacity in Madhya Pradesh will go up to two lakh metric tonnes in three years.