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Last updated: 17 Feb, 2017  

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Rituparna Kakati | 17 Feb, 2017
Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Radha Mohan Singh Thursday said that the Centre has taken many initiatives in the budget for the welfare of agriculture & for the prosperity of farmers.

Speaking at 88th AGM of ICAR Society in New Delhi, Radha Mohan Singh
reiterated the Government's commitment to double the income of farmers in five years.

He also lauded the agriculture-friendly measures introduced in the recent Union Budget, adding that the fund for rural, agriculture and allied sectors has been increased by 24 percent.  

"It is now Rs. 1,87,223 crore. In the next financial year, it is estimated that the progress rate of agriculture sector will be 4.1 percent", he said.  

He said that because of a good monsoon and policy initiatives by the government, there is a record production of food grains this year.

As per the second advance estimate for the year 2016-17, there would be a total of 271.98 million tonnes production of food grains which is 6.94 million tonnes compared to last records (265.04 MT is 2013-14) 20.41 million tonnes higher than last year production.

that Indian agriculture scientists have played a major role developing research and technology and bringing green revolution, and thereby in the development of agriculture.

"Since 1951, production of food grains has increased five times,  horticulture production by 9.5 times, Fisheries production by 12.5 times, milk production by 7.8 times and egg production by 3.9 times. This has made a considerable impact on national food nutritional security. Our scientists have major role in increasing the excellence of higher agriculture education," he added.

The minister also said that despite difficult challenges being faced by ICAR in its working period of 87 years, it has attained many achievements and these achievements are the milestones of progress of agriculture.  
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