Aim Is To Increase Productivity, Ensuring Farmers Get Remunerative Price Of Their Produce: Radha Mohan Singh
The government is also ensuring that along with special focus on dairy/animal husbandry/fishery, the agriculture education, research, and expansion system is further extended
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Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister, Radha Mohan Singh said that considering its importance, Indian government has accorded top priority to the agriculture sector and Finance Ministry announced Rs 62,376 crore fund allocation for the sector in 2017-18.
He was speaking at the Two-Day Rabi Conference – 2017-18 organized at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi on Tuesday (19 September).
The government’s aim is to increase the productivity and ensure farmers can get the remunerative price of their produce. The government is also ensuring that along with special focus on dairy/animal husbandry/fishery, the agriculture education, research, and expansion system is further extended.
Radha Mohan Singh said that it is our responsibility to make special efforts to improve the agricultural sector so that it provides strong trade opportunities.
On the occasion, Union Agriculture Minister said that he has written to the state governments to devise a strategy and focus on production to post-production activities while strategizing.
Radha Mohan Singh said that there is a special emphasis is to increase the production and productivity of oilseed crops.
Expressing his happiness, Singh said that the joint efforts of stakeholders resulted in a record food grain production in the country estimated to be 275.68 million tonnes in 2016-17.
The production of the current year is 18.67 million tonnes, which is more than the average production of food grains in the last five years (2011-12 to 2015-16). The production is 24.11 million tonnes more than the production of food grains in 2015-16.
The total production of rice in the country is estimated at 110.15 million tonnes in 2016-17. This is 4.73 million tonnes more than the average rice output of 105.42 million tonnes in the last five years. During the year 2016-17, the production of rice has increased substantially to 5.74 million tonnes compared to 104.41 million tonnes in the year 2015-16.
Production of wheat is also estimated at 98.38 million tonnes, a record. Wheat production in 2016-17 is 6.09 million tonnes more than 92.29 million tonnes during 2016.