Madhya Pradesh increases wheat acreage by 35%

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  1. parijataka

    parijataka Senior Member Senior Member

    Oct 15, 2011
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    Madhya Pradesh state govt has been offering Rs 100 over and above the minimum support price(MSP) offered by central govt leading to better procurement. Other catalysts to increased area under wheat cultivation has been various irrigation schemes started by state govt in last 5 years and measures to make fallow land productive. Wheat procurement of MP govt is almost equalling that of Punjab and Haryana. Well done Shivraj Singh ji !

    M.P. wheat area up 35% on bonus, better buying system
    New Delhi, Jan. 8:

    The strategy of announcing a bonus over the Centre’s minimum support price (MSP) and strengthening of the procurement system has helped Madhya Pradesh expand wheat area over the past few years.

    The wheat area in the State has grown by 35 per cent in the past six years and is set to cross 50 lakh hectares in current rabi season.

    “Wheat area has been increasing steadily. We have already crossed the targeted area of 49.55 lakh ha last week,” said M.M. Upadhyay, Agriculture Production Commissioner, Madhya Pradesh.

    So far, farmers have planted wheat on 49.64 lakh hectares (lh), surpassing last year’s 49.01 lh.

    Sowing is almost complete but the numbers are still coming in.

    Besides the bonus, the State Government’s move to bring in additional land under cultivation by making fallow land productive and the expansion of irrigation through various schemes has also contributed to the wheat area, Upadhyay said.

    Madhya Pradesh started offering bonus of Rs 100 a quintal over the Centre’s MSP to wheat growers since 2007-08 to encourage more production.

    There are expectations that the MP Government will announce a bonus this year, too, considering that it is an election year.

    For the rabi marketing season 2013-14, the Centre has announced a MSP of Rs 1,350 a quintal, about Rs 65 more than last year.

    The area under wheat has grown from 37 lh in 2007-08 to 49 lh in 2011-12, while production shot up from six million tonnes to 10.5 million tonnes during the period.

    MP has emerged as a major procurer of wheat recent years, almost matching the traditional States of Punjab and Haryana.

    “Procurement has picked up substantially over the past five years and there has been a substantial increase in volumes and scale of operations in the past two years. The price support announced by the State through a bonus has made a difference to the growers,” said Mekhala Krishnamurthy, a social anthropologist, who has studied the procurement system in Harda district of MP.

    Last year, the Government procured 85 per cent of the wheat produced in the State against 0.8 per cent in 2006-07.

    Wheat procurement stood at a record high of 8.5 million tonnes in 2011-12 against 4.90 million tonnes in the previous year.
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  3. Raj30

    Raj30 Senior Member Senior Member

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    Madhya Pradesh bags topmost Krishi Karman Award - The New Indian Express
    Madhya Pradesh is India's new grain bowl as food production jumps by 19% | Mail Online
    Madhya Pradesh bags topmost Krishi Karman Award


    Madhya Pradesh on Tuesday received the ‘Krishi Karman Award 2011-12’, for being the best performing state in the category of ‘states with production of over 10 million tonnes of foodgrains’. President Pranab Mukherjee handed over the award - `2 crore and a citation certificate - to Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

    Madhya Pradesh, which pipped Punjab to the top spot, registered a 18.91 per cent growth in the foodgrain production in 2011-12.

    The state produced 21.6 million tonnes of foodgrains during the period under discussion, compared to 16 million tonnes in 2010-11. Punjab, in contrast, witnessed agricultural growth of only 1.74 per cent in 2011-12.

    Shivraj Singh’s innovative efforts in the field of agriculture development were lauded at the function. Senior BJP leaders, including L K Advani and Sushma Swaraj, were present to pat him.

    The Chief Minister said that he had taken a conscious decision to promote the agriculture sector in the state in a big way and develop it into the country’s granary. He also outlined new initiatives taken by the government, like ‘krishi cabinet’, for effective coordination to promote the sector in the state. The function also saw Tamil Nadu taking home the ‘Krishi Karman Award’ for being the best performing state in the category of ‘states with production of less than 10 million tonnes of foodgrains’. Tamil Nadu registered an impressive growth of 16.67 per cent in 2011-12. The state’s Agriculture Secretary Sandeep Saxena received the award from the President. Gujarat came second in this category. Manipur was awarded the best performing state with production of less than one million tonnes of foodgrains.

    Congratulating the winners, the President expressed hope that the strategies adopted in the recent past and new technologies would strengthen the agriculture sector further.

    Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar said that there was a definite shift in production base, with inclusion of hitherto low productivity states like Madhya Pradesh in the winners list.
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  4. sukhish

    sukhish Senior Member Senior Member

    Dec 30, 2009
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    lots of farmers from punjab and haryana are buying land in MP, including my family.

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