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PMModiWantsThisBiharSuccessStoryReplicated
Reuters|UpdatedOn:December08,201411:37(IST)
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Purnia:FromhissleepyvillageinBihar,RamNarainarrivesatGulabBaghmarketto
sellatruckloadofcornthatwillfetchhimenoughmoneytobuyamotorbikeforhisson,
schooluniformsforhisdaughterandagiftforhiswife.
Narainandlegionsoffarmersinthedirtpoorstatehavemorethandoubledcornoutput
injustfiveyearsbyadoptinghybridseedsandgoodfarmpractices,araresuccess
storythatPrimeMinisterNarendraModiwantstoreplicateinotherstates.Hecameto
powersixmonthsagobypromisingfasterfarmandeconomicgrowth.
TraderssuchasCargillInc,GlencoreInternationalAGandLouisDreyfusCommodities
BVhavesetupoperationsinPurnia,anadministrativeoutpostthatnowbuzzeswith
tradingactivity.
"Cornhascomeasaboon...helpingourchildrenattendgoodschoolsandimproving
ourlivingstandards,"Narain,42,said,lendingahandtolabourersunloadingsacksat
themandi,orwholesalemarket.
Biharhadaninitialadvantageascornisgrownyearroundtomeetlocalfooddemand,
makingitanaturalplacefortraderstoseeksupplieswhendemandbegantorise.Other
stateswerelargelygrowingcornforanimalfeed.
Thearrivalofglobaltradersandtheestablishmentofamarketforthecropgavesmall
farmerstheconfidencetoinvestinhigheryieldinghybrids.

Risingoutputencouragedbanks,acommodityexchangeandcommoditycollateral
managementcompaniestomovein.
Localfarmerssaytheynowproduce78tonnesahectare.India'saveragecornyieldis
just2tonnes.
Urbanisationandindustrialisationarelimitingavailableagriculturalland.Increasing
yieldsaddressestheissueandcutstherelativecostofinputslikefertilisers.
Indiaproduces2324milliontonnesofcorn,withBiharaccountingfornearly3million
tonnes.
Withtheadventoftopnametraderscompetingforstocks,farmersarenowmakingRs
12($0.19)perkgagainstRs23afewyearsago,saidNarain,whonowgrowscornon
2hectares,upfromlessthanahectare5yearsago.
TraderslooktobuyfromlocalfarmerslivingintheGulabBaghareabecausetheycan
exporttoneighbouringNepalandBangladeshbyroad.Theregionisalsoclosetosix
majorportsontheeastcoast,includingKolkata.
ThegovernmentsaysithopestoextendBihar'ssuccessinboostingyieldsandtoother
leadingcorngrowingstatessuchasKarnataka,AndhraPradeshandMaharashtra.
"Weareconsultingconcernedministrieslikeagricultureandgovernmentresearch
bodiestoseehowthismodelcanbereplicatedinothercorngrowingpartsofthe
country,"FoodMinisterRamVilasPaswantoldReuters.
Copyright:ThomsonReuters2014
Storyfirstpublishedon:December08,201411:33(IST)
Tags:NarendraModi,PMModi,CargillInc,GlencoreInternational,LouisDreyfusCommoditiesBV,Cornfarming
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