Un­leash­ing the Maize Po­ten­tial of Bi­har

FICCI Business Digest - - Briefings -

Agri­cul­ture min­is­ter Prem Ku­mar un­der­lined the need for value ad­di­tion in maize for mak­ing its cul­ti­va­tion more prof­itable for farm­ers and also to meet the fu­ture mar­ket needs. He shared his thoughts while speak­ing at a con­fer­ence on 'Un­leash­ing Maize Po­ten­tial of Bi­har', which was jointly or­gan­ised by FICCI and Bi­har Agri­cul­tural Growth and Re­form Ini­tia­tive (Ba­gri) on 21 Au­gust 2018 in Patna.

'Bi­har is the third largest pro­ducer of maize after Andhra Pradesh and Kar­nataka in the coun­try. Bi­har has a high maize pro­duc­tiv­ity of 3,904kg/ha, which is more than the na­tional av­er­age of 2,889kg/ha. Now, the time has come to con­vert this mar­ketable sur­plus of maize into value-added prod­uct so that not only con­sumers ben­e­fit but also farm­ers get a bet­ter price for their pro­duce,' he added.

Sud­hir Ku­mar, Prin­ci­pal Sec­re­tary Agri­cul­ture, Gov­ern­ment of Bi­har, stated that Bi­har has a unique char­ac­ter­is­tic when it comes to maize. 'It's im­por­tant to work on im­prov­ing maize value chains. The state gov­ern­ment aims to make Bi­har the new maize bowl of In­dia and sug­gested that ef­fi­ciency of maize value chains can be in­creased through FPOs and maize ex­ports in the form of sweet corn and baby corn should be en­cour­aged,' Ku­mar said.

TR Ke­sa­van, Chair­man, FICCI Na­tional Agri­cul­ture Com­mit­tee & Pres­i­dent & Chief Op­er­at­ing Of­fi­cer, TAFE, men­tioned that an ef­fec­tive im­ple­men­ta­tion of Maize Vi­sion Pro­gram and maize-based farm ma­chin­ery banks would be big game chang­ers for strength­en­ing maize value chain in Bi­har.

Dr. Prem Ku­mar, Min­is­ter of Agri­cul­ture, Gov­ern­ment of Bi­har, ad­dress­ing the con­fer­ence.

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