Govt hopeful of achieving record foodgrain target for 201920

first_imgNew Delhi: The government on Monday said it is hopeful of achieving the record foodgrain production target of 291.1 million tonnes for the 2019-20 crop year even as floods in some parts are expected to hit kharif crops.”There will be some impact of floods on the production. However the loss will be recovered,” Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said. Teams have been sent to flood-hit states to assess the production loss. They are in the process, he told reporters on the sidelines of an ICAR event. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The Agriculture Ministry has set the production target for foodgrains at a record 291.1 million tonnes for 2019-20 crop year (July-June), comprising 147.9 million tonnes in kharif (summer) season and 143.2 million tonnes during rabi (winter) season. Exuding confidence of achieving this year’s production target, Agriculture Secretary Sanjay Agarwal said: “Sowing area under kharif crops has improved. The deficit in coverage has narrowed down from 30 per cent earlier to three per cent now. More area will be covered as sowing is still underway in some states.” The lag in rice acreage will be covered as sowing is still continuing in Odisha and West Bengal. The area under pulses is marginally down but yields will be better, he added. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”Overall, things will be perfect. We expect to meet the production target set for this year,” Agarwal noted. Echoing views, Minister of State for Agriculture Parshottam Rupala said heavy rains does affect crops but it will benefit sowing in the next rabi season. “There will be some impact on kharif crops but that will be covered. Heavy rains in this season will boost rabi sowing.” Sowing of kharif crops, which begins with the onset of southwest monsoon (June-September), is underway. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) had predicted a normal’ monsoon. There was a delay in the onset southwest monsoon but later it picked up. However, states like Karnataka, Kerala, Gujarat, Bihar, Assam, and Maharasthra are hit by floods due to heavy rains.last_img read more