Doubling agriculture produce in 5 years `achievable`: Sushma
New Delhi: The target of doubling agricultural production in the country within next five years is "achievable" provided more land is brought under cultivation and irrigation and soil fertility are improved, Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj said on Sunday.
"Food security cannot be dependent on imports. So, doubling agricultural production in five years is a challenge... But this is an achievable target and we will achieve it," Swaraj said at a programme held here to discuss the issue.
She praised the BJP and NDA-ruled states for their achievements in the field of agriculture and made a special mention of Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Karnataka and Bihar.
"In 2006-07, the agricultural growth in Madhya Pradesh was 2.5 per cent. Today, after five years, it is 18.96 per cent. In Gujarat, it was 1.10 per cent, while today it is 7 per cent," Swaraj said.
The BJP leader said that in Parliament, the Opposition would support all measures that the government proposes to take to improve agricultural production and the cause of farmers.
"Opposition and the government will not be divided on the issue of agricultural production," Swaraj asserted.
Increasing the land under cultivation, irrigating more land and improving the fertility of the soil were the three issues that need to be looked into, she said.
"New Special Economic Zones (SEZs) are being built but these should not be established on fields which give three crops a year," Swaraj said.
Enumerating the various steps that need to be taken to improve crop yield, Swaraj said new technology and establishment of cold chains will help grow more and better crops as well as save them from perishing due to lack of storage facilities.
"66 million tonnes of crops are destroyed every year due to lack of proper storage facilities. Last year, crops worth Rs 90,000 crore perished due to this," she said.
She praised the government`s soil health card scheme and said it is helping farmers meet the shortcomings of nutrients in their fields.
Swaraj also underlined the need for establishing more seed banks, providing fertilisers at affordable prices, use of right pesticides, and fair and accessible marketing of crops.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- PM Modi visits Lord Jagannath temple at Puri
- Boyfriend murders DU student Arzu Singh; hides body in his house for three days
- International Fleet Review: India shows off naval prowess in "Operation Demo"
- Declared unfit for employment, man invents cost-effective electric car called Pixie!
- Can comments on social media against politicians land you in jail?
- Year of the Monkey: Know how lucky you are according to Chinese calendar!
- India vs Sri Lanka 2016, 1st T20I: Squads, date, time, TV listing, live streaming
- WATCH: When PM Modi took his supporters by surprise, came to meet them standing on car's side foot step
- SSC CGL 2016 exam dates out; read the eligibility criteria, registration details
- Bangladesh scraps China-proposed deep sea port, India offers help to develop another