Good monsoon will boost farm output: Agriculture Minister
With the IMD on Tuesday predicting an above average monsoon this year, the government said it expects agriculture production to be better in the 2016-17 crop year.
Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh told The Hindu: “If monsoon rains are good we will definitely see a substantial increase in farm production in the coming year. Agriculture growth is bound to increase.
“However, before announcing the estimated ‘growth rate figure’ we need sometime to assess the whole situation.”
Will spur growth: Experts
Agriculture experts and industry players believe that good rains could spur agriculture and economic growth and would support two-thirds of the country’s population that depends on farming for its livelihood. Punjab Agricultural University Vice-Chancellor, Baldev Singh Dhillon told The Hinduthat the IMD forecast was wonderful news for agriculture in the country.