India contributes 1.5 lakh tonnes grain to SAARC Food Bank

India has pledged to contribute 1,53,200 tonnes of foodgrains (rice or wheat or in combination thereof) for the SAARC Food Bank, out of initial reserves of 2,43,000 tonnes to promote collective self-reliance of SAARC members with respect to food security.

The share of each SAARC country in the Food Bank is as given below:

Afghanistan 1,420 tonnes
Bangladesh 40,000 tonnes
Bhutan 180 tonnes
India 1,53,200 tonnes
Maldives 200 tonnes
Nepal 4,000 tonnes
Pakistan 40,000 tonnes
Sri Lanka 4,000 tonnes
Total 2,43,000 tonnes

The  SAARC Food Bank has become operational with the first meeting of SAARC Food Bank Board held on 15-16 October 2008.

This information was given by Akhilesh Prasad Singh, minister of state for agriculture, consumer affairs, food & public distribution, in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today.