Kar­nataka’s corn grow­ers in a bind

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Shankar, tra­di­tion­ally a paddy grower of Vad­nalli vil­lage in Kar­nataka’s Da­van­gere dis­trict, shifted to maize this kharif sea­son on his five-acre land. Rea­son: wa­ter scarcity. But the switch didn’t bring him any respite as maize prices dropped due to a surge in out­put and slack de­mand from the poul­try in­dus­try and starch-mak­ers. The modal prices for maize now range be­tween ₹900 and ₹1,300 a quin­tal across var­i­ous mar­kets in Kar­nataka, the largest pro­ducer of the grain dur­ing the kharif sea­son. p14

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