INDIA - India has estimated 261 million tonnes of foodgrain output during 2014-15 fiscal year period, Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Balyan, Indian minister of state for agriculture and food processing industries said in a statement recently.
As per the government estimates, rice production has been pegged at 106 million tonnes, wheat output has been put at 94 million tonnes, followed coarse cereals at 41.50 million tonnes, pulses at 19.50 million tonnes.
Oil seeds output was estimated at 33 million tonnes and sugarcane production was put at 345 million tonnes.
Cotton has been estimated at 35 million bales (1 bales of 170 kg each) and jute & mesta at 11.20 million bales (1 bales of 180 kg each), the statement adds.
The minister said, government is implementing various crop development programmes/schemes through state governments such as National Food Security Mission (NFSM), Bringing Green Revolution to Eastern India (BGREI), Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY), National Mission on Oilseeds and Oil Palm (NMOOP) and Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH), others to meet the targets for agricultural production, including foodgrains.
Under these programmes, assistance is provided for activities like demonstrations of improved technologies, distribution of improved seed / planting material, need based plant protection and soil amendments, resource conservation techniques/ energy management, efficient water application tools, protected cultivation, farmers’ trainings, etc. for enhancing production and productivity of agricultural production in the country, the minister statement revealed.
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