Badal asks President to press upon the Centre on price support for maize crop

Last Updated: Tue, Nov 27, 2012 19:31 hrs

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Tuesday called upon the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, and requested him to press upon the central government to put in place a proper price support mechanism coupled with value addition of maize as an alternative crop towards its crop diversification program in the state.

In his address on the golden jubilee celebrations of the prestigious Punjab Agriculture University(PAU), Ludhiana, the chief minister urged Mukherjee, who was here to preside over the International Conference on Sustainable Agriculture for Food and Livelihood Security, organised by PAU, to use his good office to impress upon the Centre to send sanctioned food processing industry in the state for value addition of maize, besides ensuring remunerative MSP to encourage the farmers to go for maize cultivation in a big way on one hand and bring the beleaguered peasantry out of the rut of conventional agriculture from wheat-paddy cycle.

Appreciating the splendid research work done by PAU’s scientists in developing High Yielding Variety (HYV) seeds aimed at achieving buffer stock of food grains thereby making our country self reliant in food production, he requested the President to prevail upon the GoI to sanction liberal financial grant to the PAU, to enable it to carry forward its varied research programs relentlessly in the field of Agriculture especially with a focus on the second push towards Green Revolution in the form of diversification of agriculture.

Pleading that agricultural exports could boost crop diversification, the Chief Minister urged Mukherjee to advice the GoI to facilitate free trade through the Attari Integrated check Post.

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