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India to record highest ever production of Rice, Wheat and cotton

India is going to record highest ever production of Rice, Wheat and cotton during 2011-12. Foodgrain is likely to reach a record level of 250.42 million tonnes.

Addressing a two-day Kharif Conference in New Delhi, Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar said, it happened due to tremendous efforts of the farming community supported by government initiatives and participation of stakeholders.

The minister said several new initiatives to increase agricultural production from existing cultivated area especially from high potential rainfed agriculture have been taken. The minister informed that his ministry is proposing a large programme for agricultural mechanisation during the 12th five year plan to increase farm production.

The Minister informed that 2012 is being launched as the year of Horticulture for bringing horticulture development in the country to centre stage. More focus and attention for successful implementation of various horticulture programme in the country is required in this direction.

Mr. Pawar said that soil health is crucial for ensuring farm productivity high priorty is needed towards soil health and nutrient management.



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