The country is likely to achieve record 263.2 million tonne foodgrain production this year. This would be about 4 million tonne higher than the record of 259 million tonnes achieved two years ago.
This was announced by Union Agriculture and Food Processing Minister, Shri Sharad Pawar, while addressing the national agricultural exposition, Krishi Vasant, at Nagpur on Sunday.
Krishi Vasant, the biggest ever farm exposition so far, was inaugurated by President Shri Pranab Mukharji in a glittering ceremony this morning. The President lauded the ‘new dimension and new direction’ provided to Indian farming in the last ten years, which has seen the country achieving food security and becoming a top exporter of foodgrains. In this period, special initiatives taken for increasing foodgrain production in the eastern part of the country, production of pulses and oilseeds and provision of credit to farmers have resulted in second agricultural revolution in the country, he said.
Shri Sharad Pawar also informed that the country has now become the top exporter of rice and second top exporter of wheat and cotton. India also is the top producer of milk and horticultural crops.
Referring to the huge gathering of farmers present at Krishi Vasant, Shri Pawar said that special trains have been put into service to bring farmers to the event. The exhibits include farm machinery, new crop and animal varieties and breeds, advances in the sphere of farm research, and best practices for application of inputs such as fertilisers and seeds. An interesting aspect of the exhibition is stalls by 92 successful farmers. Shri Pawar called upon farmers to emulate these successful farmers to improve their own farm production and prosperity.
Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Shri Prithviraj Chavan, expressed the hope that the recent policy initiatives coupled with credit flow would lead to the country becoming a global superpower in the field of agriculture.