India Again Have no space to store its Wheat Crop

The millions of tons of wheat rotting because India ran out of warehouse space to hold another bumper crop illustrate a core problem of the nation's food crisis: India can grow plenty of food but cannot store or transport it well enough to nourish its 1.2 billion people.

Warehouses are overflowing and huge quantities of wheat and rice are stored in fields under tarpaulins and thin plastic sheets, risking decay.

Food Minister K.V. Thomas said Thursday that the government was taking "all necessary steps" to increase its storage capacities.

The government has partnered with the private sector to attract investment in building warehouses, and new storage spaces will be available by the end of the year, Thomas said.

Opposition parties, and even some of the ruling Congress Party's coalition partners, have called the rotting grain a scandal.

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