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‘Food Production Increased To 273 Million Metric Tonnes In FY17’

Cross-pollination of expertise and innovations and thereafter synergy during implementation of the programs conceived would be able to double farmers’ income by 2022

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Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister, Radha Mohan Singh said as per the third advance estimates food grain production in the country has increased to 273 MT in 2016-17, oil seeds to 32.5 MT, and sugarcane to 306 MT. Fruits and vegetable production has increased to 287 MTs, according to the second advance estimate.

He said that there has been a record production of food grains in 2016-17 and all previous records were broken.

Singh said it during National Summit on Smart Agriculture Marketing Solutions to Double the Farmers Income organised in Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).

He added only through cross-pollination of expertise and innovations and thereafter synergy during implementation of the programs conceived we would be able to achieve the goal set for the country by Prime Minister of doubling farmers’ income by 2022.

Singh said farmers have not been getting the corresponding increase in remuneration.

The government is seized of the urgent requirement of strengthening market systems to reduce post-harvest losses to enable farmers to tide over both situations of bumper production leading to a glut and abrupt price fall and incidences of less production resulting in the availability of meagre marketable surplus.

Union agriculture minister said the approach adopted encompasses both adoptions of cost effective production and diversifying agriculture towards growing of high-value crops, agroforestry, rearing of livestock, poultry, fisheries, etc., as well as creating accessible and efficient markets to ensure better price realisation to the farmers through a robust value supply chain.


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