India's agriculture sector grows 6.6% year-over-year in 2010/2011, government says; grain production up 10.8% to 241.56 tonnes after drought crimped yields last year

Andrew Rogers

Andrew Rogers

Dec 2, 2011 – Government of India

NEW DELHI , December 2, 2011 (press release) – As per the revised estimates of Central Statistics Office, Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, the growth rate of agriculture and allied sectors reached the level of 6.6% for 2010-11 which is the highest achieved growth rate during the last six years.

The production of foodgrains has increased from 234.47 million tones in 2008-09 to 241.56 million tones in 2010-11. The production of foodgrains in 2009-10 was at 218.11 million tones due to severe drought in most parts of the country during 2009-10.

The Government of India has launched several schemes in consultation with States to increase growth of agriculture sector. Some of the major Schemes are the Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY), National Food Security Mission (NFSM), Development and Strengthening of Infrastructure Facilities for Production and Distribution of Quality Seed, National Horticulture Mission (NHM), Integrated Scheme of Oilseeds, Pulses, Oil Palm and Maize (ISOPOM) etc.

This information was given by Shri Harish Rawat, Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Processing Industries in written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today.

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