Food Sector Current Affairs - 2020

GoI allows NGOs to directly buy food grains from NGOs

On April 8, 2020, the Government of India allowed the Non-Governmental Organizations that are involved in providing food to the needy during the COVID-19 outbreak to get food grains from FCI (Food Corporation of India) directly.


The NGOs can purchase food grains from FCIs at prices the state governments buy from the FCIs. Currently, FCI sells rice at Rs 2,250 per quintal and wheat at Rs 2,315 per quintal in the open market. The NGOs can now purchase one to 10 tonnes of food grains from 2,000 godowns.

FCI’s measures to the millers

The FCI has also opened its depots to the millers. This is being done through state governments. Also, the Open Market Sale Scheme through which the millers obtain food grains has been extended. This is to help the flour millers that are facing closures due to lock down.

Under the Open Market Sale Scheme, the GoI sells food grains at pre-determined prices. The scheme aims to enhance the supply of grains during lean season. Under the scheme, the GoI sells wheat and raw rice. The auction under the scheme is conducted by FCI.

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ICMR releases report on Sugar Intake of India, Report first of its kind

On January 5, 2020, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) released its report on sugar intake of India. The intake was measured in grams per day. The report was released based on a joint survey conducted by ICMR, NIN (National Institute of Nutrition), Hyderabad and ILSI (International Life Science Institute of India). The study is the first of its kind in the country.


The study says that intake of added sugar in metro cities was 19.5 grams per day. This is lower than the level recommended by ICMR which is 30 gram per day. Though the levels of all the cities were within the threshold, they were so close to the upper limit in certain cities.

According to the study, sugar intake was the highest in Mumbai. Mumbai reported 26.3 g/day followed by Ahmedabad at 25.9 g/day. The other counter parts of the metropolitan cities that have high intakes include Delhi (23.2 g/day), Bengaluru at 19.3 g/day, Kolkata at 17.1 g/day and Chennai at 16.1 grams per day.


The report also stated that the overall intake of sugar by women was more than that of men. Intake of sugar by women was 20.2 g/day and that of men was 18.7 g/day.

In terms of age group, the study says that people belonging to older age group take more sugar than that of the younger population.

The study also measured sugar consumption based in literacy level, community, activity status, occupation.

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