Maize production declines by 3.2pc
New Delhi, Mar 11 : As per the Second Advance Estimates of Production of Foodgrains for 2012-13, there is an estimated 3.2pc decline in the production of maize in 2012-13 from 21.76 million tons to 21.06 million tonnes (2012-13).
"In a globalised and market determined economy, there is always a competing demand on raw materials from different user industries," said Union Commerce & Industry Minister Anand Sharma in a written reply in the Lok Sabha.
"At present, there is no such proposal to ban or restrict the export of Maize," he said.
"The export of agricultural products depends on various factors including availability of surplus over and above the requirement of buffer stock including strategic reserve, if any, concerns of food security, diplomatic/humanitarian considerations, international demand and supply situation, quality standards in the importing countries, varieties traded and price competitiveness, need to balance between remunerative prices to the growers and availability of agricultural products to common man at affordable prices," said the minister.