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West Bengal govt to start buying paddy from November 1

The rate at which payment would be made to farmers has been increased from Rs 1,750 (last year) to Rs 1,815 per quintal. The total amount to be bought has been fixed at 52 lakh metric tonnes. The state government has also decided to encourage the cultivation of alternative crops which require less water.

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Last Updated: Oct 31, 2019, 02.18 PM IST|Original: Oct 31, 2019, 02.18 PM IST
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The state government has been taking many initiatives to increase maize cultivation.
West Bengal government will start buying paddy from farmers from November 1. This was decided at a recent meeting of the agriculture department.

The rate at which payment would be made to farmers has been increased from Rs 1,750 (last year) to Rs 1,815 per quintal. The total amount to be bought has been fixed at 52 lakh metric tonnes.

Also discussed at the meeting were the further efforts to be made by the state government to encourage the growing of alternative crops which require less water.

It was also decided to organise a state-wide seminar on maize farming in Rampurhat on November 17.

Representatives from 12 districts will take part. In recent times, the government has been taking many initiatives for increasing maize cultivation. Incidentally, the state won won the Central government’s Krishi Karman Award in 2019 for maize production.

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