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Gadkari for changing crop pattern

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

a glut in rice, and in the market, today said there was a need for change in crop pattern.

The water resources also said though the Centre's decision to offer minimum support price (MSP) for the kharif equivalent to 1.5 times the input cost was a "very difficult task", the NDA government was committed to implementing it.

was speaking at the inauguration of a three-day seminar on "International Consultation on Water: Augmentation of Supply and Management of Demand" organised by the M S Swaminathan Research Foundation here.

"...Today water is not a problem, but its management is. The problem is about cost too. We have to change the cropping pattern," he said underscoring various projects of the water resources ministry for conservation and management of the natural resources.

He said there was a need to thing about change in crop pattern and diversification of towards and power sector.

Noting that the country had surplus stocks of sugar, and rice, the pitched for focusing on production of and corn among other

"We do not have godowns to store the surplus. And 70 per cent of is imported and per acre production in soya bean is not very good... we need to find out some innovative policies for crop patterns considering the global economy," added.

On the MSP, he said had assured farmers of 1.5 times of the input cost. "But I feel it is a difficult task, but our government is much committed to it," he said.

Gadkari along with minister N H Shivashankar Reddy also took part in the 92nd birthday celebrations of agricultural M S Swaminathan, held on the sidelines of the seminar.

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First Published: Tue, August 07 2018. 17:20 IST