A special delegation of the National Egg Co-ordination Committee (NECC) led by chairperson Anuradha J Desai met Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar and pressed for a special package for poultry farmers in view of problems faced by them.
Due to increase in price of maize,soya and other ingredients needed as bird food for the poultry industry,farmers are having a tough time making their ends meet.
While price of maize is increasing steadily in both India and the international markets,the price of soya meal has risen in the Indian market in sharp contrast to the international market trends. As a result of the capital cost of farmers increased almost by 80% and many breeding and hatching farms have been wiped off.
The delegation submitted proposals in terms of loan repayment moratorium,interest subvention,sanction of additional working capital from the union minister for farmers. Pawar assured the delegation that steps would be taken to help poultry farmers.
Govind Nihalani to be felicitated at Raja Paranjape Festival
Govind Nihalani has been selected for the Raja Paranjape Sanman,which will be awarded to the renowned director,producer,cinematographer and screenwriter during the Raja Paranjape Festival to be inaugurated on April 14 at Bharat Natya Mandir. Singer Bela Shende,lyricist Sandeep Khare,director Ravi Jadhav,actor Usha Jadhav and cinematographer Sanjay Jadhav will be awarded the Raja Paranjape Tarunai Sanman. The festival,organised by the Raja Paranjape Pratishthan for the last four years,marks the birth anniversary (April 20) of the late actor and director Raja Paranjape.
Other highlights of the festival include music recitals in the classical,semi-classical,natyasangeet and abhang genres. The festival will also witness screenings of notable Raja Paranjape films including Lakhachi Gosht,Oon-Paus,Ha Maza Marga Ekala,Pedgaonche Shahane and Jagachya Pathivar at Prabhat.
Passes are available at Bharat Natya Mandir and Navdikar Musicals at Kothrud.