Source: News Bharati English17 Jul 2017 14:35:16

New Delhi, July 17: The Green Revolution gave India self-reliance in food production. But, the trend is changing as government is promoting import of agricultural produce. It has allowed import of staple cereals like wheat, maize and non-basmati rice. As per the Third Advance Estimates food grain production in the country has increased to 273 MT in 2016-17.

According to Ministry of Agriculture report, there has been a record production of food grains in 2016-17 and all previous records were broken. As per the Second Advance Estimates, the production of fruits and vegetables increases to 287 MT, oil seeds to 32.5 MT and sugarcane to 306 MT in 2016-17.

Also, the total sown area, as per reports received from States, stands at 563.17 lakh hectares as compared to 521.80 lakh hectare at this time last year. It is reported that rice has been sown/transplanted in 125.77 lakh ha, pulses in 74.61 lakh ha, coarse cereals in 113.06 lakh ha, sugarcane in 47.94 lakh hectare and cotton in 90.88 lakh ha.

Earlier, Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said 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, through his farsightedness, of doubling farmers’ income by 2022.

Singh 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.

“We empathise with the farmers and for that purpose have formulated farmer welfare centric programs and policies, which is equally related to food security and price security”, he added.

Agriculture Minister said in order to address the constraints of present agricultural marketing system promoted by APMCs and assure accessible marketing facilities to farmers, the Government has shared a corrective reform with the States and we have been able to move faster on this front in the last 2-3 years since the circulation of model APMC Act, 2003 to the States.