Agriculture Experts and officials have advised the Chief Minister Chandrashekhar Rao going against in for the cultivation of corn due to surplus production this year in the country.
They said that with the policy decisions taken by the Centre on Corn import, the Corn is not in a position even to get a Minimum Support Price (MSP) and New Farm Acts brought in by the Centre, which allowed anybody to sell the agriculture produce anywhere and the reduction of taxes on the import of the Commodities has become a curse on the poor farmer.
The CM held a review meeting on Crops cultivation and marketing at Pragathi Bhavan here on Saturday. In the review meeting, Agriculture Minister S Niranjan Reddy, Marketing Minister Gangula Kamalakar, Government’s Chief Advisor Rajiv Sharma, Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar, CM Principal Secretary S Narsing Rao, Secretary Ms Smita Sabharwal, Agriculture Secretary Janardhan Reddy, Civil Supplies Commissioner Anil Kumar, Agriculture University VC Praveen Rao, Civil Supplies Chairman Mareddy Srinivas Reddy, TESCOB Chairman Konduru Ravinder Rao, Marketing Director Ms Laxmi Bai and others participated.
The meeting dwelled at length on the Agriculture sector. It was stated that in the international market, there was a surplus of 28 Crore Metric Tonnes of Corn. As on date, there is a need for 2.42 Crore Metric Tonnes of the Corn in the country, already there is 3.53 Crore Metric Tonnes of Corn is available. This would mean, there are 1.11 Crore Metric Tonnes of surplus Corn is available which is more than the need. To add to this, Corn is cultivated in 2.04 Crore acres in the country and 4.10 Crore Metric Tonnes will soon hit the markets. With this, the officials told the CM that there are enough stocks of Corn available not only for this year but also for the next year too.
To make the matters worse for the local farmers, the Central Government had decided to import 5 Lakh Metric Tonnes. The Centre also reduced the Import duty on Corn from 50 per cent to 15 per cent, which will result in the Corn, produced in the country not getting any MSP and will put the Corn farmers to more misery and heavy losses.
Agriculture Minister Niranjan Reddy said that in order to get Telangana farmers a reasonable price for the Corn, the state government had discussions with the poultry farmers. Since states like Bihar, Chattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Maharashtra and UP are quoting a very cheap price for the poultry feed, Poultry farmers in the state are not ready to buy the Corn produced within the State. Under these dire circumstances, if farmers in Telangana go in for Corn cultivation in summer season they will incur heavy losses, the officials informed the CM.
They also pointed out that it may not be possible to get an MSP for Corn this summer. The officials said that those farmers who, in spite of the fact that they may not get any MSP are free to go in for the crop cultivation.