State’s foodgrain production dips by 8%

Bharatiya Kisan Sangh's state president Maganbhai Patel says the trend was not surprising because farmers were going for crops that fetched them more profit.

The state is also reported to have recorded an increase in the production of fruits, vegetables, spices and flowers.

According to the document, the production of fruits increased to 77.63 lakh tonnes in 2011-12, compared to 74.73 lakh tonnes in 2010-11. Similarly, production of vegetables increased from 93.79 lakh tonnes in 2010-11 to 100.49 lakh tonnes in 2011-12 and that of spices increased from 10.35 lakh tonnes to 11.68 lakh tonnes. The production of flowers increased from 1.28 lakh tonnes in 2010-11 to 1.35 lakh tonnes in 2011-12.

A noticeable growth was also recorded in animal husbandry. According to the review, production of eggs increased from 13,269 lakh in 2010-11 to 14,269 lakh in 2011-12. The production of milk also increased to 98.17 lakh tonnes in 2011-12 from 93.21 lakh tonnes in 2010-11.

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