While the record wheat harvest this year appears to be staring at an open sky in the wake of massive shortage in storage facilities, Food Minister K V Thomas has decided to hold consultation on controlling waste of food at social functions, ahead of monsoons.


P. Sainath

Maharashtra ended famine forever by passing an Act that deleted the word

GUWAHATI, Aug 19: Assam and other northeastern States seem to be entering a phase of severe shortage of essential commodities as the Contractor Federation of FCI (North East Zone) has categorically said that its indefinite strike will continue until a positive response comes from the authorities to the demands of the FCI contractors.

With the inflation rate of pulses still in double digits for more than a year, the government today said the supply of pulses would remain a critical problem for another two to three years.

The government is expecting an increase of two million tonnes (mt) in production of pulses in the current crop year (July 2010-June 2011).


Kolkata: Faced with acute shortage in supply of foodgrain in the public distribution system (PDS), all fair price shop owners in the state have decided to down their shutters from September 20 for an indefinite period. Three year ago, ration shops were gutted and many dealers had to go underground after food riots due to shortage.

Potential farm sector: A file photo of female labourers sorting mangoes at a fruit market in Allahabad.

Saurab Bhat

After Manipur, it is now the turn of Arunachal Pradesh to complain about scarcity of food items, with the State Government complaining about irregular Public Distribution System (PDS) in the State.

ITANAGAR, May 14: With the PDS carriage contractors threatening to quit service if their pending bills are not cleared by the FCI, Arunachal Pradesh is in the verge facing an acute food crisis, which is already in an alarming situation according to reports.

JAIPUR: A Dutch expert on agriculture has warned India of a food crisis unless the country makes new investments in the sector and induces young individuals to take up farming. India will have to speed up its food production otherwise it will not remain self-sufficient in food in a few years' time, he has warned.