Record increase in kharif sowing area despite Corona crisis: Agriculture Secretary


Union Agriculture Secretary Sanjay Agarwal said, more than 50 percent of people’s livelihood is running from agriculture sector

new Delhi. Union Agriculture Secretary Sanjay Aggarwal has said that the farmers of the country have proved their mettle even during the crisis caused by the Kovid-19 epidemic. Kharif sowing area has increased to 316 lakh hectare this year. Which was 154 lakh hectares last year. During the last five years, the Kharif area has been an average of 187 lakh hectares.

Addressing a program, Agarwal said that India is getting a lot of profit from the agriculture sector, which is about 15 percent of the GDP. More than 50 percent of the country’s population is getting livelihood from the agriculture sector itself.

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India is the fourth largest producer of agricultural chemicals, it has the largest livestock population of the world, about 31 percent and the largest land area available for irrigation. Aggarwal said, although food processing in India is less than 10 percent. The target is to increase it to 25 percent. The Agriculture Secretary said, giving the facility to farmers for better business of their produce, they have been exempted from the restrictive laws of the region. Recently three new ordinances have been announced for this.

Agri Infra Fund of Rs 1 lakh crore, scheme for 10,000 FPOs and special campaign to give 25 million new farmers Kisan Credit Cards will increase farming further.

On the other hand, Animal Husbandry and Dairy Secretary Atul Chaturvedi said that no product like milk is moving fast for the retailer. Milk consumption in India is still only 394 grams per person per day whereas in the US and Europe it is consumed 500-700 grams per day.

Our target is to increase the current market demand in the dairy sector from 158 million metric tons to 290 million metric tons in the next five years. A target has been set to increase the share of organized sector in milk processing from the present 30-35 percent to 50 percent.

Chaturvedi said, in the next year and a half, about 57 crore cattle will be given unique ID on digital platform to find out their parents, their breed and productivity.


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