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Rahul Gandhi doesn't know difference between paddy and wheat:

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Gajendra Singh Sunday refused to comment on Rahul Gandhi's statement that farmers in BJP-ruled states like Madhya Pradesh, and were in distress.

Ridiculing Gandhi, the Union of State for Agriculture said that it would "not be appropriate" to comment on the statement of a person "who doesn't know the difference between wheat and paddy crops".

was replying to a query on Gandhi's allegation about agrarian distress in several parts of the country.

"I am a farmer, an agriculturists' leader and their representative in the So I know the condition of the agricultural sector better," he told reporters on the sidelines of a function here.

"It would not be appropriate to comment on the statements of a person who doesn't know the difference between wheat and paddy crops, who doesn't know the difference between a lamb and the offspring of a goat," the added.

The minister claimed that farmers were getting the right price for their produce and this had strengthened the agricultural sector.

Speaking on the October 2 police action on protesting farmers marching towards Delhi, the minister said that the government would fulfil their legitimate demands but added that farmers were being "instigated" to reap political benefit in view of the upcoming Assembly polls.

Farmers marching towards as part of the Bharatiya Kisan Union's (BKU) protest call over demands ranging from farm loan waiver to reduction in fuel prices were stopped at the Delhi-border on October 2 with police using water cannons to disperse them.

stated that the government was trying to increase the export of soyabean and other agricultural products seeing an opportunity in the ongoing US-trade tussle.

"In view of the ongoing China-US trade war, there is a huge opportunity for agrarian economies like So our government is making efforts to promote the export of agriculture based products," he said.

Shekhawat said previous governments betrayed farmers as well as those in the

This, he claimed, had led to an increased dependence on import of

"To reduce this dependence, our government increased the import duty on four times. We also increased the minimum support price of oilseeds so that farmers get the right price of their produce and more farmers get attracted to such crops.

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First Published: Sun, October 07 2018. 19:15 IST