CM receives award from Prez in New Delhi
BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh has emerged as Grain Bowl of the India contributing immensely to India’s granary with steady and excellent growth in food grain production.
Madhya Pradesh is the only state to have won the Krishi Karman Award in the total food grain production category consecutively for the second time since the institution of Award in 2010- 11. The Award carries a trophy, a citation and cash award of Rs. 2 crore in total food grains production category.
Farmers Shashi Khandelwal from Chaurai in Chhindwara and ogendra Kaushik from Badnagar, Ujjain were honoured by the President as ideal farmers. Those present included Union Minister for Agriculture Sharad Pawar, Minister for Forest and Environment Veerappa Moili, Minister for Agriculture Madhya Pradesh Gauri Shankar Bisen, MP State BJP President Narendra Singh Tomar, General Secretary Arvind Menon, Agriculture Production Commissioner Madan Mohan Upadhyay, Principal Secretary Agriculture Dr. Rajesh Rajora, Director Agriculture DN. Sharma and senior officers.
The impressive performance of Madhya Pradesh agriculture sector is attributable to increase in irrigation capacity, uninterrupted power supply, improved storage infrastructure, timely supply of farm inputs like seeds, fertilizers, and farmer friendly bold decisions like zero percent interest on farm loans and bonus on wheat, rice, maize procurement. It is for the first time the state excelled in wheat, pulses and paddy.
Madhya Pradesh has topped in food grain production in the country with the food grain production 277 lakh tons in 2012- 13 including 161 lakh tons of wheat.