April 12, 2016

12/04/2016: Storage project: Cargill invests in the first ever bulk storage of corn in India

by BK Anand, Director, Cargill India and Business Unit Head- Grains and Oil seed Crush, India and Bangladesh

First published in Milling and Grain, February 2016

Food grains form an important and integral part of the Indian diet. Grain production has been steadily increasing due to advancement in production technology, hence the growing need for scientific storage.

Traditionally, India has been known to store grains in gunny bags in covered and open flatbed storage. Over the years, country realised the need for enhance the covered flatbed storage in order to protect the quality and quantity of stored grains from the weather vagaries.

This drew the attention of both the government as well as private players and a significant capacity of covered flatbed storage was constructed over the years. With enough covered flatbed storage, the problem of storing large quantities of grains was resolved to a great extent, however the next challenge was to maintain the quality of grains stored and more efficient modernised storage practices.

In the year 2004-05, government of India floated pilot project of Bulk Storage Tender and witnessed partial success. Thereon, Bulk Storage started finding its utility for captive usage by the food processing industry where capacity utilisation was guaranteed by their in house processing capacities. As well various provincial governments are also taking up Storage ONLY project under bulk storage by delinking from movement in bulk as well.                

Read the full article in Milling and Grain HERE.

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