The Indian agriculture sector, which was among the few segments that remained robust amid the
COVID-19 pandemic, is expected to register a growth rate of 3.5 percent in the current financial
year ending March 2022.
Foodgrains production hit an all-time high in the 2020-21 crop year that ended in June at 308.65
The Indian government procured huge quantities of wheat, rice, pulses, cotton and oilseeds at the
Minimum Support Price (MSP) for the benefit of farmers.
As production and procurement continued smoothly, the farmers' agitation, which started in
November 2020, finally ended this month after Parliament passed a Bill on the first day of
Winter Session on November 29, to repeal the three contentious farm laws.
Agriculture Commissioner S K Malhotra said the country's foodgrains production could touch
310 million tonnes in the 2021-22 crop year (July-June).
Malhotra added that good monsoon rains, adoption of new technologies and successful
implementation of government schemes like PM-KISAN have aided the rise in production.
The Commissioner explained that crop productivity has been improving as farmers are adopting
better seed varieties that give higher yields and are high in nutritional value, besides having
resistance to diseases.
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