‘India will be Self-Sufficient in Pulses in Next Few Years’
New Delhi: Rural India will gain from strong growth in horticulture, poultry, dairies and fisheries, in addition to bumper farm production that is estimated to hit a new record this crop year, agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh said. The government’s focus on making India self-sufficient in food grains will ensure that the country does not import pulses in the years ahead, Singh told ET on Thursday, a day after his ministry forecast major crop output to reach nearly 272 million tonnes in the year through June 2017. The estimated production is 2.6% more than the current record, achieved in 2013-14.
“Due to the concerted efforts of scientists to get early-maturing varieties of pulses and increase in mini- mum support price, pulses production is on the rise for the past two years. I am hopeful that in the next few years the country will be self-sufficient in pulses,” he said.
The minister is optimistic about the farm sector. “The second advance estimate figure of major crop at 271.98 million tonnes has made me very confident that the agriculture growth can further increase,” he said. “Further, (in) produc- tion of milk, egg, fisheries and horticulture, things will be even better,” he added.
Agriculture growth remained sluggish at1.2% in drought-hit fiscal 201516. In the previous year, it was almost flat. Monsoon was 12-14% in deficit those years. Ramesh Chand, a member of the government's premier think tank Niti Aayog, had earlier said that agricultural growth would touch 6% in 2016-17.