Rice production doubles in Bihar

NEW DELHI: Rice production has doubled in the key producing states of Bihar and Jharkhand boosting the output of the staple foodgrain in the country by nearly 10 per cent, Parliament was informed today.

Bihar, which is giving top priority to development of agriculture, the mainstay of its economy, witnessed record rice production in 2011-12 at 67.5 lakh tonne, as against 31.0 lakh tonne in 2010-11.

Rice production registered handsome increase in other eastern states of West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh as well, Minister of State for Agriculture Charan Das Mahant said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha.

The government had allocated an additional Rs 400 crore in 2011-12 under Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana for extending green revolution to the eastern region comprising of Assam, Bihar, Jharkhand, Eastern UP, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and West Bengal. Rice was a priority crop under the scheme.

Seeing the success of the scheme, the Budget 2012-13 has raised the allocation to Rs 1,000 crore.

The minister said that as per the second Advance Estimates of the government, rice output is tipped to be 10.27 crore tonne in 2011-12, as against 9.59 crore tonne in the previous year, an increase by nearly 10 per cent.

Bihar, which is giving top priority to development of agriculture, the mainstay of its economy, witnessed record rice production in 2011-12 at 67.5 lakh tonne, as against 31.0 lakh tonne in 2010-11, the minister said.

Likewise, Jharkhand recorded rice production of 33.0 lakh tonne in 2011-12, up from 11.1 lakh tonnes in the previous year.

Rice output in West Bengal was registered at 1.51 crore tonnes in 2011-12 against 1.30 crore in 2010-11, the minister said.

But, traditional rice cultivating state of Punjab witnessed a fall in its output. The state referred as “foodgrain bowl of the country” recorded 1.05 crore tonnes of rice in 2011-12 against 1.08 crore tonnes in the previous year.

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