West Bengal government has decided to raise cultivation of maize in the state by 33% from the current 15 lakh metric tonnes per year to 20 lakh metric tonnes in two years’ time.
Maize is an important component of poultry feed and for making biofules. It is also used in food processing. It is also used to make the shell of capsules, starch (which improves the quality of cloth and makes paper stronger) and as part of the food processing industry for making sauce, gravy, pudding, pies and others.
The further stress on improving maize production comes after the state government won the Krishi Karman Award this year for improvement in maize production in the country. This award has proved the big potential that the state has to become one of the biggest producers of the crop in the country.