Bhubaneswar, March 30: The state currently has a total of four cold storage facilities for vegetables with a combined storage capacity of 4200 metric tons, informed Agriculture and Farmers’ Empowerment Minister Arun Kumar Sahoo on Wednesday in the State Assembly.
The Minister informed this while replying to a written question of Congress MLA Tara Prasad Bahinipati.
Sahoo further stated that apart from cold storage facilities for vegetables, there are 18 additional cold storage facilities for storage of agricultural products under the Co-operative department.
On being asked about the amount of loss of vegetables due to inadequate availability of cold storage facilities in the state, the Minister said that no such instance has come to the notice of the government.
Notably, the four cold storage facilities for vegetables are located in Sundargarh, Gajapati, Balangir and Koraput. However, all the four facilities are lying defunct since 1989, 1991, 1989 and 2000 respectively.
At the same time, only four out of 18 cold storage facilities for agricultural products are functional in the state.
Out of the four functional facilities, one is located in Bhubaneswar, one in Raygada and two in Puri.