Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar has said that the target of foodgrains production for 2021-22 is 307 million tonnes. Mr Tomar said while addressing the National Conference on Agriculture for Kharif Campaign-2021. He said, higher production targets for pulses and oilseeds is important to reduce our dependency on import and to achieve the dream of Aatmanirbhar Bharat.
During the conference, the discussion was held to review and assess the preparedness for management of Kharif crops and ensuring availability of seeds, pesticides, fertilizers, machinery and their prepositioning at Block levels. Mr Tomar said, agriculture sector has shown its resilience amid the adversities of COVID-19 pandemic. He said, Agriculture and allied sectors have registered a continuous growth in GDP contribution. As per Economic Survey 2020-21, the share of agriculture in GDP increased from 17.8 per cent in 2019-20 to 19.9 per cent in 2020-21.