Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Radha Mohan Singh inaugurated Global Agriculture & Food Summit-2018 in Ranchi and said that the efforts of the government unprecedented progress has been made in the agriculture sector.
Singh listed the rise in production of various crops and compared it to the figure of UPA era to prove his point. He said that foodgrain production in 2017-18 (4th Advance Estimate) stood at 284.83 million tonne as compared to 255.59 million tonne average production in 2010-14.
The production of pulses also rose by 40% from 18.01 million tonne in 2010-14 to 25.23 million tonne (4th Advance Estimate) in 2017-18. Production of horticulture crops recorded 15.79% growth, fisheries production under Blue Revolution 26.86% and animal husbandry & milk production 23.80%.
To promote organic farming, Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana (PKVY) was initiated in 2014-15 and for north east Mission Organic Value Chain Development for North Eastern Region (MOVCD-NER) was started.
He mentioned eNAM), Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) and Pradhan Mantri Kisan SAMPADA Yojana, among others. The Minister informed that the government has taken a historic decision towards fulfilling the promise made to farmers by increasing MSP by 1.5 times or more of production cost for all notified crops from Kharif 2018-19.