Food production increased to 273 million metric tonnes: Radha Mohan

14 July, New Delhi

Foodgrain production in the country has increased to 273 million metric tonnes (MT) in 2016-17, Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Radha Mohan Singh said here today.

Singh made these remarks during National Summit on Smart Agriculture Marketing Solutions to double the Farmers Income organised in Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).

The representatives from Rajasthan, Haryana, Assam, Goa, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Bihar also participated in the conference.

He said there has been a record production of foodgrains in 2016-17 and all previous records were broken.

Singh said as per the Third Advance Estimates, foodgrain production in the country has increased to 273 MT in 2016-17, oil seeds to 32.5 MT, and sugarcane to 306 MT.

Fruits and Vegetable production has increased to 287 MTs, according to the Second Advance Estimate. ”Only through cross-pollination of expertise and innovations and thereafter synergy during implementation of the programmes conceived we would be able to achieve the goal set for the country by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, through his farsightedness, of doubling farmers’ income by 2022,” he said.

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