Leading NGO suggests ways to PM to curb food inflation

PTI, July 30, 2010
CUTS International, an NGO engaged in social justice and economic equity, has urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to create more storage facilities, better governance and tracking the movement of food grains from the farm to the fork to cut down food inflation. In a recent letter to the PM, Cuts International Secretary General Pradeep S Mehta suggested huge increase in cold storage and warehousing facilities through public-private partnerships or purely private efforts backed by the enhanced ability of farmers to pay for these on the basis of anticipated increase in farm incomes.

This should be supplemented by efforts to bring farmers into more direct contact with consumers thereby helping to stifle incentive destroying intermediation, a release from the NGO said. The letter stressed that support pricing needs to take a different hue with a shift in benefits towards pulse production from that of foodgrains and the much pampered sugarcane sector.

Lastly, it suggested better governance and tracking of the movement of food grains from the farm to the fork to plug leakages in distribution.

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