Under Grameen Bhandaran
Yojana, assistance is provided to cooperatives through National
Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC) for renovation of rural
godowns. Assistance under the scheme has been provided for renovation of
godowns of total capacity of 23.73 lakh MT in cooperative sector since
inception. With effect from 20.10.2012, the normative cost of renovation
of godowns in cooperative sector has been enhanced from Rs 625 per MT to
Rs 750 per MT.
The central sector scheme “Grameen Bhandaran Yojana” was launched with
effect from 1.4.2001, with major objectives of creation of scientific
storage capacity in rural areas for storing farm produce, prevention of
distress sale and reduction of post-harvest losses. As per the report
(2006) of independent evaluation of the scheme, carried out by Global
Agri System Pvt. Ltd., principal objectives of the scheme have been met.
As per the report, about 95% of godowns are used to store agriculture
output, while 5% store both input and output. Commodities stored, are
mainly local produce with major commodities being rice, wheat and
pulses. During X Plan Period, storage capacity of 182.17 lakh MT has
been sanctioned against the target of 121.00 lakh MT, while storage
capacity of 135.01 lakh MT has been sanctioned against the target of
90.00 lakh MT during XI Plan period.
This information was given by Shri Tariq Anwar, Minister of State for
Agriculture and Food Processing Industries in written reply to a
question in the Rajya Sabha today.