Govt units foodgrain output goal at report 301 million tonnes for 2020-21

New Delhi, September 21

The authorities has set foodgrain manufacturing goal at a report 301 million tonnes for the 2020-21 crop 12 months, up practically 1.5 per cent from the earlier 12 months’s output, on the again of fine monsoon rains and better acreage within the kharif season.

The goal for the 2020-21 crop 12 months (July-June) was set on the National Conference for Rabi Campaign 2020, which was held on Monday to assessment the progress of the kharif (summer-sown) season and plan for the rabi crops.

Addressing the occasion, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar congratulated farmers and state governments for report foodgrain manufacturing of 296.65 million tonnes within the 2019-20 crop 12 months.

“The conference set a target of 301 million tonnes of foodgrains production for 2020-21…,” an official assertion stated.

Rice manufacturing goal has been mounted at 119.6 million tonnes (MT) in 2020-21 as towards 118.43 MT output within the final 12 months.

The goal of wheat output has been set at 108 MT as in comparison with 107.59 MT. Coarse cereals output goal is sort of flat at 47.80 MT as towards 47.48 MT within the earlier 12 months.

Pulses manufacturing goal has been mounted at 25.60 MT, up from 23.15 MT output in 2019-20, whereas that of oilseeds was set at 37 MT as towards the estimated output of 33.42 MT final 12 months.

Tomar additionally complimented the farming group and states for greater sowing within the kharif season regardless of the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdowns.

Kharif sowing throughout this 12 months as much as September 11 stood at 1,113 lakh hectares, which is 46 lakh hectares greater than regular.

Tomar stated the federal government is taking revolutionary steps to strengthen agriculture infrastructure and financial situation of the farmers.

Recently, the Agricultural Infrastructure Fund (AIF) scheme value Rs 1 lakh crore for 4 years was launched for creating services for chilly storage, warehouse, packaging, ripening and waxing vegetation by agri-entrepreneurs, farmers’ affiliation and native authorities companies.

The minister additional stated that two Bills regarding freedom of promoting for farmers have been handed in Parliament.

The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion & Facilitation) Bill 2020 and the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill 2020 will beef up farmers engaged in agriculture and allied actions, he added.

Farmers will get freedom to promote their produce at completely different locations.

The authorities will proceed the apply of procurement at minimal assist value (MSP) by the present community, he added.

Tomar additional stated the federal government has set a goal of masking 100 lakh hectares in 5 years beneath micro-irrigation.

A devoted Micro Irrigation Fund (MIF) of Rs 5,000 crore has been created with the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) for increasing protection of micro-irrigation.

In the 12 months 2019-20, about 11 lakh farmers have benefitted by the adoption of drip and sprinkler irrigation system. During the final 5 years, an space of 47.92 lakh hectares has been coated beneath micro-irrigation within the nation, which incorporates 11.72 lakh hectares for the 12 months 2019-20 which is a big achievement, he stated.

Ministers of State for Agriculture Parshottam Rupala and Kailash Choudhary had been additionally current on the convention. PTI

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