Amid reports gaining ground as to how Union Agriculture Ministry confessed that demonetization prevented farmers from purchasing seeds, the Union Minister Radha Mohan Singh had to come out with a clarification.
Some media reports had claimed that a report by the Agriculture Ministry conceded that farmers could not buy seeds due to the cash crunch in the wake of note-ban in November 2016.
He said that there was no ban on use of scrapped currency to buy seeds.
The Union minister added that infact statistics show that purchase of seeds increased after demonetisation, compared to the previous year.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who also attended the event, alleged that sugarcane factories in his state were closing down because of the “lackadaisical attitude” of governments in the last 20 years.
Union minister Nitin Gadkari, the promoter of the exhibition, slammed those seeking ban on sugarcane cultivation in Maharashtra on the ground that it consumes too much water.>