Maize acreage goes up in Mysuru & Chamarajanagar as prices rise
MYSURU: Maize cultivators in the twin districts of Mysuru and Chamarajanagar have a reason to cheer as they are set to reap a rich harvest this year following a sudden spike in the prices.
Prices have almost doubled this year to Rs 2,100 to Rs 2,500. It was Rs 1,200 per quintal last year. Spike in prices for maize has even surpassed the MSP per quintal (Rs 1,920).
The sudden hike in prices is attributed to an increase in prices of wheat as maize is used as an alternative for wheat for the production of cattle and poultry feed. Farmers have taken up maize cultivation on around 12,000 hectares of land in Mysuru and on 4,200 hectares in Chamarajanagar this kharif season.
Farmers of the region have been cultivating maize in both irrigated and rain-fed land utilising the available water resources like irrigation pump sets and canal water.
“As there is no proper facility to dry or market maize, government must ensure it as there is a huge demand for maize from both cattle and poultry feed makers,”said Honnur Prakash, Chamarajanagar district chief of Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha.
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