Manipur among Krishi Karman winners

STAFF REPORTER
IMPHAL, 24th Sep: Manipur is the winners of Krishi Karman award for the year 2017-18 and the state will receive the award in overall foodgrain production category.
Krishi Karman award carrying a trophy, a citation and Rs 5 crore is given every year by the Union ministry of agriculture and farmers’ welfare.
Union minister of agriculture and farmers’ welfare Narendra Singh Tomar has sent a written communiqué in this regard to state agriculture minister V Hangkhanlian.
Krishi Karman is an annual award presented since the year 2010-11 to states producing highest foodgrains. Of the seven categories of the award, three are for total foodgrain production and the rest four in rice, wheat, pulses and coarse cereals crop productions.
There are three categories of awards for total foodgrain production based on foodgrain production during the past five years. Category 1 is for the states where total foodgrain production exceeds 10 million tonnes and states like UP, Punjab, West Bengal, Haryana, MP, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Bihar fall in this group. Category 2 is for the states where total food grain production is less than 10 million tonnes but more than 1 million tonnes and states falling in this group are Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh, Assam, Jharkhand, Uttarkhand, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir. Category 3 is for the rest of states with total food grains production less than 1 million tonnes and Manipur bagged best performing state award in this group.
Of the three points assessed while conferring the award, highest foodgrain production and average weight of produced crop carries 55 marks while application for foodgrain development scheme carries 15 marks and innovative approach for foodgrain production carries 30 marks.
Punjab topped rice production for the year 2017-18 and hence will bag Krishi Karman award. The north Indian state produced 118.33 lakh metric tonne rice in 2017-18 and even managed to add rice to the national buffer stock.
On the other hand, Tamil Nadu bagged the award successively for five years in oilseeds production. Despite facing drought in 2017-18, the south Indian state produced 107.133 lakh tonne foodgrain which include 10.382 lakh metric tonne oilseeds. On average, the state produced 2,729kg oilseeds in one hectare of land.
The award will be presented in an event to be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and intimations in this regard will be served within a short period.


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