Assam fails to be self-sufficient in food: Imports goods worth Rs. 4,794 crore annually

  • Assam fails to be self-sufficient in food: Imports goods worth Rs. 4,794 crore annually
19-06-2017 | Pratidin Bureau. |

While the governments of Gujarat, Maharastra, and Tamil Nadu have been getting hopeful success with well planed and scientific way in exporting goods from their states, Assam on the other hand, has been continuously importing essential goods from other states.
 
While on one hand, PM Narendra Modi has declared to build North East as the organic hub of the country, people of Assam has been importing rice, pulses, sugar, salt, fishes and other essential goods from other states.
 
Surprisingly, Assam has imported goods worth Rs. 4,794 crore every year from neighboring states - Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Haryana, Maharastra. Even though Assam has the full potential of producing food items, but due to the lack of interest by the government in Dispur, the state has been depending upon other states of the country in the recent time.
 
Though Assam government has claimed that the state produces more than enough rice, Assam has been importing rice worth Rs. 1,186 crore annually. For public distribution system, around 13,02,330 quintals of rice have been imported to Assam through the Food Corporation of India (FCI).
 
According to the data of the government of Assam, the state has been importing pulses worth Rs. 831.92 crore, mustered oil worth Rs. 815 crore, flour worth Rs. 243 crore, milk and milk made product worth Rs. 327 crore, fishes worth Rs. 196 crore, eggs worth Rs. 336 crore, potatoes worth Rs. 400 crore, onions worth Rs. 150 crore, sugar, salt and other goods worth Rs. 300 crore annually.

Tags : Assam self-sufficient in food Imports goods Supply department Public distribution system


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