Lack of storage leaves millions of tonnes of wheat rotting in India
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Published Thursday, May 10, 2012 6:43AM EDT
NEW DELHI - Millions of tonnes of wheat are rotting in the open after India ran out of warehouse space to store another bumper crop.
Warehouses are overflowing and huge quantities of wheat and rice are stored in fields under tarpaulins or plastic sheets, risking decay.
In fields along a highway in the northern state of Punjab, mountains of grain have turned black with mildew after getting soaked in the rain.
Opposition parties on Thursday called the rotting grain a scandal. Nearly half of India's children under age 5 are malnourished.
The government appeared reluctant to sell the grain at subsidized prices because it would expand the fiscal deficit.