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Govt sees better agricultural output this year

India's foodgrain production declined to 252.02 million tonnes in 2014-15 crop year

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Publish Date: Apr 13 2016 2:21PM | Updated Date: Apr 13 2016 2:21PM

Govt sees better agricultural output this year

 The country's farm production is likely to be better in 2016-17 with forecast of above normal monsoon after two consecutive years of drought, Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said. 

 
The Met office predicted that there will be 'above normal' monsoon this year, easing fears over farm and economic growth. 
 
"As per IMD forecast, definitely agriculture production will be better in 2016-17," Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said on the sidelines of a national kharif conference here. 
 
"We had deficient monsoon last two years. There was 12 per cent deficient rains in 2014-15. And the following year, there was 14 per cent deficiency. But we were better prepared. State governments also cooperated and results were there all to see," he added. 
 
India's foodgrain production declined to 252.02 million tonnes in 2014-15 crop year (July-June) from the record 265.04 million tonnes in the previous year, due to poor monsoon. 
 
The output is estimated to rise slightly to 253.16 in the ongoing 2015-16 crop year as the country received 14 per cent less rains. 
 
Two consecutive bad monsoons have led to farm distress and water scarcity in the country. 
 
The country is making efforts to become self-sufficient in pulses and oilseeds production, and reduce import dependency.