July 14, 2024

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Promote fortified rice manufacturing plants, Centre tells Maharashtra

The Union Meals Ministry has recommended that the Maharashtra federal government inspire industries to established up fortified rice manufacturing plants as nicely as rice bran oil processing models about the paddy belt of Gondia, Bhandara, and Chandrapur. It has also asked the State to promote crop diversification to maize to stimulate grain-based distilleries.

Union Meals Secretary Sudhanshu Pandey mentioned the Centre has chalked out a strategy to problem fortified rice via the general public distribution method (PDS) by 2024, in accordance to an formal statement launched on Sunday.

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Soon after visiting PDS stores and paddy procurement operations in a handful of districts, Pandey held a joint meeting with officers from the State federal government and the Meals Corporation of India (FCI). He emphasised the advertising of solvent extraction plants for manufacturing rice bran oil in the procuring districts.

Boosting ethanol generation

At the same time, he additional, Maharashtra need to do the job on crop diversification to maize to aid established up grain-based distilleries for ethanol generation. The Centre is providing rice at ₹20/kg from the Central pool stocks to grain-based distilleries to boost the ethanol-blending programme.