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Farmers asked to take up maize cultivation

Staff Reporter

COIMBATORE: The Domestic and Export Market Intelligence Cell of Tamil Nadu Agricultural University has predicted an increase in maize price from April to June to be around Rs. 950 – Rs. 1,150 a quintal. Hence, farmers have been asked to go in for maize cultivation in Thaipattam.

The analysis was made based on the study made in the Udumalpet market. It was already forecast that the price from November 2010 to February 2011 would be between Rs. 925 and Rs. 975 a quintal.

In India, the area under maize cultivation in 2010-11 is 10.8 lakh hectares. Karnataka contributes to the maximum production of 18 per cent in the country followed by Andhra Pradesh with 16 per cent and Tamil Nadu with five per cent.

In Tamil Nadu, districts like Coimbatore, Salem, Erode and Virudhunagar constitute 77 per cent of the total area of maize cultivation. The current prices in Tamil Nadu vary from Rs. 920 to Rs.940 a quintal.

According to DEMIC, domestic consumption and export opportunities will sustain the prices between Rs. 925 to Rs. 975 a quintal till February.

The Cell has also advised the farmers to store the currently harvested produce as dried produce in godowns of Regulated Markets and rural godowns of Co-operative Agriculture Societies till April to get higher prices.

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