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From 50 Years Ago: Breakup of Food Zones?

Editorial from Volume XI, No 32, August 8, 1959.

It is not India alone which had a bumper crop in rice this year. The world rice crop this year is bigger than any since statistics have been kept. And in every country in Asia, except Pakistan and Cambodia, more rice has been grown this season than ever before. This is according to an announcement made by the Food and Agricultural Organisation...

Despite record crops, however, foodgrain prices have not tended to come down. On the contrary, there have been bitter complaints of high prices and Members of Parliament, mind-ful of the feeling in their constituencies, have duly voiced their complaints and the Minister of Food and Agriculture had to admit that this complaint was not unfounded. Curiously enough, while submitting a statement on the price of rice in different States, he left out West Bengal which has suffered most. The impro-priety of it was so glaring that the Speaker of the Lok Sabha was compelled to intervene and call upon the Minister to furnish a separate statement for West Bengal which is still awaited at the time of going to press. There would be, of course, the usual howl of protest when these figures are given out, but the Minister has forestalled criticism by admitting in ad-vance that procurement has failed in the two States of Bihar and West Bengal, and that Gov-ernment has, in other words, withdrawn from trading in the States which are worst affected.

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