To ensure food security in the country, the government has set a target of producing 30 million ten million tonnes of food grains during the year 2020-21.
Addressing the Rabi Conference 2020 on Monday, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said that the target has been set to produce about 120 million tonnes of paddy and 10 million to 8 million tonnes of wheat. Emphasis has been laid on increasing the production of pulses and oilseeds, and the target has been set to increase the production of pulses to 27 million tonnes and oilseeds to 30 million tonnes. The government is trying to minimize the import of oilseeds.
He congratulated the farmers for the production of more than 296.6 million tonnes of foodgrains, despite adverse conditions during the COVID period in 2019-20. During this period, the production of pulses is estimated to be 31 million tonnes and that of oilseeds is estimated at 34 million tonnes. He said that this time crops have been planted in 1113 lakh hectare during Kharif, which is 46 lakh hectare more than normal.
Mr. Tomar said that the government is taking revolutionary steps to improve agricultural infrastructure. For four years, a Rs 1 lakh crore agricultural infrastructure fund has been started. Under this, cold storage, warehouses, and many other essential things will be built. With this, ten thousand farmers' producer organization is being formed.
He said that the government has set a target of providing a micro-irrigation facility to 100 lakh hectare area in the country for five years. For this, a special fund of Rs.5000 crores has been created. About half of the food grains are produced during the Rabi season in the country.