Also to be awarded for consecutive 4th year
State second in country in wheat production
Over one lakh hectare fallow land made arable during one year
Bhopal, January 22, 2016 (Ataullah Faizan): Madhya Pradesh has been conferred Krishi Karman Award for total food grains production for 3rd time. Madhya Pradesh is the first state to receive award in this category thrice. Madhya Pradesh has been conferred this award for maximum food grains production for year 2014. Earlier, the state received the award in the same category for year 2011-12 and 2012-13. The award for year 2013-14 was conferred to the state in wheat production category. In Madhya Pradesh, 3 crore 20 lakh MT food grains was produced during year 2014-15. It was 2 crore 80 lakh MT during year 2013-14. Madhya Pradesh has been conferred Krishi Karman Award for consecutive 4th year by Central government. In yet another achievement, Madhya Pradesh has risen to second position in the country in wheat production leaving Punjab behind. During year 2014-15, wheat production in the state was one crore 84 lakh MT against one crore 71 lakh wheat produced in Punjab.
The state produced only 73 lakh 65 thousand MT wheat during year 2003-04. The state has also excelled remarkably in wheat productivity. During year 2013-14, wheat productivity was 2405 kg per hectare, which has increased to 3079 kg per hectare during year 2014-15. As per estimates, state’s agriculture growth rate was 20.11 percent during year 2014-15. For last 4 years, average agriculture growth of Madhya Pradesh has been 15 percent.
In Bundelkhand and Baghelkhand regions, 4 lakh hectares area was brought under row sowing method. During year 2014-15, third crop was grown in 3 lakh 60 thousand hectares. Deep ploughing was undertaken under Haldhar Yojana in 3 lakh hectares. In all, 200 villages were developed as Yantradoot Grams. Dharwad Method of arhar production was promoted. As much as 29 lakh 45 thousand quintal certified seeds were produced by 2400 seed producer cooperative societies in year 2014-15.
Adding another feather to state’s cap, one lakh 9 thousand fallow land was converted into arable land in single year during year 2014-15. Along with it, paddy area was also increased by 5 lakh 48 thousand hectares through SRI Method. Seed replacement rate in all major crops rose from 14.03 percent to 27.12 percent. These include paddy from 8.82 percent to 24 percent, maize from 10.94 percent to 69.44 percent, gram 2.90 percent to 13.59 percent, soybean from 14.77 percent to 22.37 percent and seed replacement rate in mustard crops rose from 16.88 percent to 40.90 percent. Madhya Pradesh also witnessed 95 percent increase in rice production last year. Paddy production was 27 lakh 70 thousand MT during year 2013-14, which rose to 54 lakh 38 thousand MT during year 2014-15.