First Shipment of Grains Via Water Reaches Kerala - The New Indian Express

First Shipment of Grains Via Water Reaches Kerala

Published: 20th March 2014 07:45 AM

Last Updated: 20th March 2014 07:45 AM

For the first time, Kerala has received foodgrains via waterways. The first such  shipment  arrived at Vallarpadam Container Terminal in Kochi on Tuesday from Kakinada in Andhra Pradehs.

The shipment carrying 6,323 tonnes of rice (2,989 MTs of boiled and 3334MTs of raw) is intended for the three Food Corporation of India (FCI) depots at Alappuzha, Kochi and Arakkulam.

The FCI moves boiled rice from Andhra Pradesh to Kerala, to the tune of around 70,000 tonne to 80,000 tonne a month or 8 to 10 lakh million tonne a year, by rail and road.

This is the first time the FCI is transporting foodgrains via waterways, said  John Matha, FCI Area Manager.

“Normally, foodgrains were moved depending on the availability of goods trains from railways. Further, the rail movement requires multiple stages of handling which could lead to wastage,” he said.

“Also, the foodgrains, during their movement, could be exposed to cement, coal and iron ore etc. This problem can be solved with new way of transportation,” he added.

The FCI is planning to use the method in future as it is proved to be energy efficient as well as cost effective. At a time,  20,000 to 50,000 tonnes of grains can be transported via sea” he said.

The FCI  had already invited  tenders for the movement of food grains through waterways from designated depots of Kakinada in Andhra Pradesh to other regions.

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