Sangareddy: Finance Minister T Harish Rao instructed officials to spread awareness among farmers not to cultivate maize even during Yasangi since the crop was not in demand.
He suggested that the agriculture officials should encourage the farmers to cultivate Bengal gram, ground nut and other oil seeds during Yasangi instead of maize.
Speaking at a review meeting with officials of Sangareddy on procurement of Vanakalam agriculture produce and action plan of Yasangi cultivation here, the Minister lashed out at the Union government for encouraging import of maize by reducing import duty.
Saying that 3.52 crore metric tonnes of maize has remained stored in godowns across the nation against the country’s need of 2.40 crore metric tonnes, Rao said that the farmers across the nation have cultivated maize in 2.04 crore acres this year.
Stating that the Indian government decision to reduce the import duty on maize harms the interest of farmers in India, Harish said that the Centre had never taken the responsibility of procuring the agriculture produce except announcing the MSP. He said that India was having more than one crore metric tonnes of surplus Maize now. Since the procurement of maize is going to be a tough task even after Yasangi cultivation.
Asking the irrigation officials to prepare for the procurement of paddy and cotton, the Minister said that the area under cultivation has increased considerably this year since the district has witnessed copious rains this year. Zilla Parishad chairperson P Manjusri, Sangareddy Collector M Hanumantha Rao, MLAs Mahareddy Bhupal Reddy, Chanti Kranthi Kiran and others were present.
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