Union Minister for Food Processing Industries Harsimrat Kaur Badal has urged the State Governments to amend the Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC) Act.
Speaking at the third edition of ‘India Maize Summit 2015’ on the theme ‘Developing India as an Export Hub for Maize in South East Asia’,
Badal said though Punjab is being considered a progressive agricultural state, the emergence of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh in enhanced production of maize is commendable.
Hence, it was time for states to learn and share their best practices with each other in order to raise the average production of maize in the country which was at present much below the world average.
Speaking on export opportunities of maize, she said that there was a big market for export which could be tapped with the right infrastructure, technology upgradation, know-how and seamless value chain.
Samir Shah, MD & CEO, NCDEX, said that there has been strategic development in the agriculture sector such as the proposal of setting up National Agri Market which is bound to make the sector efficient and structured, development of warehousing sector which has enabled the producers to store the agricultural produce in favourable conditions and sell it according to market pricing, adoption of market practices thus helping in modernizing the agri sector and various forward looking initiatives both by the state governments and Central agencies.
Shilpa Divekar Nirula, CEO, Monsanto, India Region, said that vision and policy for maize, coordination amongst various ministries, all round development, value chain integration and forging partnership and collaborations were some of the critical areas that must be focused on to enhance the production and export of maize.
Dr. A. Didar Singh, Secretary General, FICCI, said that maize holds a place of importance in both agriculture and food processing hence it was necessary to enhance its production considerably and the Public Private Partnership for Integrated Agriculture Development (PPPIAD) programme has been a step in this direction.