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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today said the country has achieved a record food grain production of 241 million tonne (MT) in 2010-11 crop year but stressed on usher in a second Green rebellion to meet the rising future domestic food grain demands.

“Production of major crops has been at record levels in the year just over. An predictable total production of 241 million tonne in FY11 was achieve because of record manufacture of wheat, maize and pulses.

Oilseed manufacture also set a new record,” the PM said, while deliver speech at an ICAR function here. The estimated 241 MT food grain manufacture is higher by 5 MT as announced by the Agriculture Ministry in its third estimate. It is also higher by 23 MT as compared to preceding crop year 2009-10. Crop year runs from July to June.

He said the record food grain manufacture has been achieved since of hard work of the farmers and scientists. But, Singh emphasized that the country needs a second green revolution to further accelerate agri growth and achieve self-sufficiency in food.

He said the total demand for food grains of the country is predictable to touch 281 MT by 2020-21. “Meeting this demand will require a growth rate of nearly 2% per annum in food grain production,” the PM said.

Stating that the country was spending about 0.6% of its agriculture GDP on agricultural research and development at present, he said this needs to be enhanced by 2-3 times by 2020. “India needs a second green revolution that is broad-based, inclusive and sustainable,” Singh said.

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