India, under its crop diversification is promoting farmers to increase maize production through various initiatives. “The MSP of maize has been increased by 43 percent in last 8 years and with the increase in production the farmers are also getting benefited from this,” said Narendra Singh Tomar, Minister of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare. “The popularity of maize is not only growing globally but also in India with its diversified use in many sectors including poultry and ethanol production,” he added.
Addressing the 8th edition of ‘India Maize Summit 2022’, organized by FICCI, Tomar also assured the industry of government’s support to boost the maize sector. Speaking on the role of India’s agriculture sector, the minister stated that during the current Russia-Ukraine crisis, the government is working to ensure export of wheat to meet the global demand. It is a matter of great pride that our farmers produce is being used to meet the global requirements, he emphasized.
Agriculture sector, he said needs a lot of investment and there is a need to integrate high end technologies to improve the sector. “Time has come for industry and farmers to work together so that requirements of both are met thus benefiting the sector and the country along with generation of new employment opportunities,” Mr Tomar asserted.
He also said that the government, in last few years has taken a series of policy reforms to benefit the industry as well as improving farmers livelihood.
Earlier during the inaugural session, Mr Amrendra Pratap Singh, Minister of Agriculture, Govt of Bihar said that maize is one of the most important food crops in the world and provides food security to majority of developing nations. In India, Maize is developing as the third most important crop after wheat and rice. Bihar contributes to over 9 per cent of total maize production in India and is the fifth largest producer of maize after Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Rajasthan and Maharashtra, he added. India’s maize consumption is projected to increase to 33.8 million tonnes in 2030.