22nd April 2016, New Delhi
The third meeting (22 - 23 April 2016)of Indian Grain Storage Working Group was inaugurated here today.
Shri Radha Mohan Singh, Union Minister of Agriculture and Framers Welfare in his inaugural address, urged the scientists to pay attention on development of low-cost storage systems for farm level storage, cost-effective storage systems for agro-processing industries and development of modern warehouses for bag storage structures. He also emphasised on grain quality analysis protocols for safe storage, grain cleaning, drying and bagging equipment besides fumigation methods for grains. The National Agriculture Market would help nationwide electronic trading of agricultural commodities, the minister said. In this programme, 585 agriculture mandis of India would be connected and farmers would get maximum price for their crops and the interference of mediators would be reduced to a great extent. The Minister further said the government is considering setting up a committee which would recommend measures to enhance efficiency in warehousing space to reduce post-harvest crop losses.
Union Minister also released first issue of “Journal of Grain Storage Research”
Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary (DARE) and Director General (ICAR) detailed on the current situation of grain storage in India. He emphasized that for making grain storage system loss free, scientific, technical and commercial inputs from active researchers, grain storage agencies, transporters, warehouse and silo manufacturers and other stakeholders is required.
Mr. Rajju Shroff, Chairma, CCFI described about the post-harvest losses in India. He informed that Government of India has also helped private sector and nearly 3500 godowns have been sanctioned in the last 15 years for the safe storage of grains. In India, ICAR and KVKs are providing trainings on skill development for safe storage of grains.
Dr. Digvir Jayas, Professor and Vice-President (Research and International), University of Manitoba, Canada stated that for minimizing the losses, we should consider the interaction between physiological and biological environment. He explained that farmers should be trained for technological issues. The scientific trainings should be modified, so that the farmers can understand and adopt those training more easily.
Dr. K. Alagusundaram, DDG (Engg.), ICAR proposed vote of thanks.
(Source: Agricultural Engineering Division , ICAR)