National Conference on Agriculture for Kharif Campaign- 2023
Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar inaugurated the National Conference on Agriculture for Kharif Campaign 2023-24 on 3rd May at NASC Complex New Delhi.
An overview of the news
Agriculture remains the major pulse of the Indian economy and lies at the core of the country's socio-economic development.
It accounts for about 19 percent of the GDP and about two-thirds of the population is dependent on the agriculture sector.
India's agriculture sector has been witnessing strong growth with an average annual growth rate of 4.6 percent over the past six years.
As per the Second Advance Estimates (2022-23), the production of food grains in the country is estimated at 3235 lakh tonnes which is 79 lakh tonnes more than the production of food grains during 2021-22.
The objective of the conference
To review and assess the crop performance during the preceding crop seasons.
fix crop-wise targets for the Kharif season in consultation with State Governments.
ensure supply of critical inputs.
facilitate adoption of innovative technologies with a view to enhance production and productivity of the crops.
Record production is estimated of rice, maize, gram, pulses, rapeseed and mustard, oilseeds and sugarcane.
National target for 2023-24
In the conference, a national target of 3320 lakh tonnes has been fixed for the total food grain production for the year 2023-24.
The target of pulses production has been set at 292.5 lakh tonnes as against 278.1 lakh tonnes this year.
Oilseeds production will be increased from 400 to 440 lakh tonnes in 2023-24.
Shri Annaaims to increase the total production from 159.1 lakh tonnes in 2022-23 to 170.0 lakh tonnes in 2023-24.
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