Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Over RS. 1.34Lakh Crore Allocated in Twelfth Plan to Department of Agriculture and Cooperation

Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Processing Industries, Shri Tariq Anwar
For the XII Five Year Plan Period (2012-17), an outlay of Rs.1,34,746 crore has been approved. Rs.17,868.32 crore and Rs.21,609 crore have been provided during the years 2012-13 and 2013-14, respectively.

 Actual expenditure incurred during the year 2012-13 was Rs.17,730.72 crore. During 2013-14 and expenditure of Rs.13000 crore (approximately) has been incurred so far. 

An amount of Rs.61,527.90 crore was allocated for all schemes (around 50) during XI Five Year Plan period viz.2007-12. An expenditure of Rs.61,065.28 crore was, however, incurred during the said period. 

For the XI Plan period, a target of additional food-grain production of 25 million tonnes was fixed. 

The achievement has surpassed the target. For the XII Plan period again a target of additional food-grain production of 25 million tonnes has been fixed. 

The target of agriculture growth rate fixed for XI Plan period was 4%. However, the achievement has been 3.64%. For XII Plan period, a target of 4% growth in agriculture sector has been fixed. 

The schemes have been very successful in increasing the food-grain production. During 2011-12, the food-grain production was 259.32 million tonnes, which was a record production.

 During 2012-13, the food-grain production has been 255.36 million tonnes despite drought in some parts of the country.

 Despite natural calamities like flood, cyclone in some parts of the country, the food-grain production during 2013-14 is targeted at 259 million tonnes. 

Department of Agriculture and Cooperation is currently implementing a number of schemes for the development of agriculture in the country. Government has decided, in principle, to restructure these schemes into five Missions, five Centrally Sponsored Schemes and one State Plan Scheme in order to have more focused approach. 

This information was given today by Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Processing Industries, Shri Tariq Anwar in a written reply to Rajya Sabha questions. 

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