Bhopal, June 24: Madhya Pradesh has bagged two awards in the agriculture sector for maximum production and integrated development of agriculture in state. Union Agriculture Minister Radha mohan Singh honoured State Agriculture Minister Gaurishankar Bisen with the award at a programme on Friday.
After accepting the award Agriculture Minister said that since the last four years the Agriculture Development Rate of Madhya Pradesh is more than 20 percent. Bisem gave its credit to State Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s leadership, his schemes, farmers’ hard work and agriculture scientists.
Moreover, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan yesterday met Union Agriculture Minister and apprised him with the situation following bumper production of onions in Madhya Pradesh. He told that this year production of 32 lakh metric ton onions is expected in state. Falling cost of production along with bumper production is a cause for concern.
Chief Minister said that so far the state government has already purchased 3.92 lakh metric ton onions. Government of India has fixed June 30 as the last date for purchase of onions. Taking into account the increasing influx of onions he urged that the last date for onion purchase should be increased to July 15 so that the onions being brought in by the farmers can be purchased and farmers get a fair price for it.
He further said that Government of India should extend the fixed target of 2 lakh metric ton to 8 lakh metric ton. Also CM discussion on purchase related issues under support price scheme for summer crops like Moong, Urad and Arhar.
The CM told that total 24,115 metric ton Moong and 4, 350 metric ton urad has been purchased so far. Owing to the bumper production, Chouhan urged that Government of India should intervene in the market and through Price Stabilisation Fund purchase Moong and Urad will July 31.