The 91 key reservoirs held 68.741 billion cubic metres (bcm) of water as of February 23, about 31% more than a year earlier and 3% higher than the 10-year average of 66.98 bcm.
Currently the company has 10 such centres in the Madhya Pradesh which it plans to expand to 100 by end of 2017 through the franchise route.
A senior official in the ministry said that they have also asked the millers to keep releasing the sugar stocks periodically and not hoard.
Oils surpass dairy as India's largest packaged food item, as consumers prioritise health over expenses
Sales of cooking oils increased 22 per cent at Rs. 1.05 lakh crore, outpacing dairy that was below Rs.1 lakh crore during 2016, according to Euromonitor International.
Since 2007 till 2015, there was no import duty on wheat. It was imposed in December of 2015 and by December 2016 it was again brought to zero to increase its availability in domestic market.
In the past one year, the skimmed milk power prices have risen 90%, sugar 30%, white butter 40%, and milk by over 30%.
The area under planting has also come down for onions by 10 per cent to 1.19 million hectare over the previous year.
The government’s focus on making India self-sufficient in food grains will ensure that the country does not import pulses in the years ahead, Singh told.
The release said that the prospects of production of wheat and procurement estimate for RMS 2017-18 were discussed.
“We have written a letter to the finance ministry and waiting for the response. We are hopeful that the funds will be given in the supplementary grant,“ said a senior government official.
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