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February 10, 2014 Monday
India likely to harvest record 263.2mn tonne foodgrains in 2014
India, Feb. 10 -- India is likely to achieve record 263 2 million tonne foodgrain production in 2014. This would be about 4 million tonne higher than the record of 259 million tonnes achieved two years ago. Union Agriculture and Food Processing Minister Shri Sharad Pawar announced it while addressing the national agricultural exposition Krishi Vasant at Nagpur on Sunday.Krishi Vasant the biggest ever farm exposition so far was inaugurated by President Shri Pranab Mukharji in a glittering ceremony on Sunday. The President lauded the new dimension and new direction provided to Indian farming in the last ten years which has seen the country achieving food security and becoming a top exporter of foodgrains. In this period special initiatives taken for increasing foodgrain production in the eastern part of the country production of pulses and oilseeds and provision of credit to farmers have resulted in second agricultural revolution in the country he said.
Shri Sharad Pawar also informed that the country has now become the top exporter of rice and second top exporter of wheat and cotton. India also is the top producer of milk and horticultural crops.
Krishi Vasant is being organized by the Government of India and Government of Maharashtra along with CII the strategic partner representing Indian industry. This event also coincides with the centenary celebrations of late Shri Vasantrao Naik the longest serving Chief Minister of Maharashtra who steered agricultural development in the state during the green revolution era and also to highlight contribution of the vibrant state of Maharashtra in the growth of national economy.
Krishi Vasant also showcases the history of agricultural research accomplished in last the 100 years by ICAR. Farmers conferences and farmer scientist interactions are being organized at special pavilion on various themes. As nearly five lakh farmers are expected to visit the event including from other states seminars interaction sessions and information are being arranged in English Marathi and Hindi.
Three hundred live demonstration plots of cereals pulses fodder oilseeds vegetables and cotton have also been put up. Best quality animals poultry and fish are also on display in the exposition.
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