India has broken all previous record with food production increased to 273 million metric tonnes in 2016-17, Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh today said during the National Summit on Smart Agriculture Marketing Solutions to Double the Farmers Income organised in the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry.
Singh said as per the Third Advance Estimates oil seeds production in the country has increased to 32.5 MT in 2016-17 and sugarcane to 306 MT. Fruits and vegetable production has increased to 287 MTs, according to the Second Advance Estimate.
He said farmers have not been getting the corresponding increase in remuneration. The Government is seized of the urgent requirement of strengthening market systems to reduce post-harvest losses to enable farmers to tide over both situations of bumper production leading to a glut and abrupt price fall and incidences of less production resulting in the availability of meagre marketable surplus.
The Union Agriculture Minister said the approach adopted encompasses both adoptions of cost effective production and diversifying agriculture towards growing of high-value crops, agro forestry, rearing of livestock, poultry and fisheries as well as creating accessible and efficient markets to ensure better price realisation to the farmers through a robust value supply chain. We empathise with the farmers and for that purpose have formulated farmer welfare centric programs and policies, which is equally related to food security and price security.
Singh said in order to address the constraints of present agricultural marketing system promoted by APMCs and assure accessible marketing facilities to farmers, the Government has shared a corrective reform with the States and we have been able to move faster on this front in the last 2-3 years since the circulation of model APMC Act, 2003 to the States.