The Food Corporation of India (FCI) is to opt the Cochin Port Trust/Kochi port for its foodgrain movement of both bulk and break bulk cargo movement. With this, Kochi port is to gain a lot. FCI recently floated a tender for multi-modal contract for transport of rice from designated depots of Kakinada to Kerala through coastal movement.
The contract period is for one year to move 2.40 lakh tonne of bagged rice to six designated depots of FCI in Kerala using multi-modal transport system.
A senior port official said that Kochi is well equipped to handle foodgrains in the Ernakulam wharf with the existence of rail sidings and road connectivity to move the cargo freely.