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Posted on Nov 28, 11:19AM | UNI
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today urged President Pranab Mukherjee to advise the Centre to ensure proper price support mechanism coupled with value addition of Maize as an alternative crop towards crop diversification programme in the state.
Mr Badal made this appeal in his address on the Golden Jubilee celebrations of the prestigious Punjab Agriculture University (PAU). Mr Mukherjee was here to preside over the International Conference on Sustainable Agriculture for Food and Livelihood Security organised by the PAU on this occasion.
Mr Badal urged Mr Mukherjee to use his good offices to impress upon the Centre to get 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 scientists in developing High Yielding Variety (HYV) seeds aimed at achieving buffer stock of foodgrains thereby making the country self reliant in food production, he requested the President to prevail upon the Centre to sanction liberal financial grant to the PAU, the mother of Green Revolution, to enable it to carry forward its varied research programmes relentlessly in the field of Agriculture especially with a focus on the second push towards Green Revolution in the form of diversification of agriculture.
Highlighting Punjab farmers' superb contribution to the national glory and food security, the Chief Minister said that they initiated the process of country's self-dependence in food with Green Revolution in 1960s.
He said Punjab had been contributing around 38 to 75 per cent of wheat and 25 to 45 per cent of rice to the national food kitty and it had been achieved at a huge price to the farmers of the state.