ITANAGAR, March 20 - Arunachal Pradesh has received Krishi Karman Commendation Award 2014-15 in recognition of its steady growth in overall foodgrain production, making it the only State amongst the eight NE States to get the national level award consecutively for the fourth year since 2011-12.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave away the award, comprising a citation and a cash award of Rs 1 crore, in the inaugural function of �Krishi Unnati Mela� being held at Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), Pusa Complex, New Delhi on Saturday. The award was received by State Agriculture Commissioner Hage Khoda accompanied by Agriculture Director Hage Kano and State Consultant (NFSM) cum Advisor of Agriculture department A K Purkayastha.
The State has maintained a steady growth of overall food production as compared to 2011-12 after launching of Central sector scheme, National Food Security Mission (NFSM), and achieved a level of 4.09 lakh MT of food grains including rice, maize, millet and pulses as compared to 3.62 lakh MT during 2011-12, said an official release here.
Most encouraging aspect of the food production programme is enhancement of rice productivity from 2,060 kg/ha in 2011 to 2,240 kg/ha in 2014. Rice being the staple food of the State, it is an indication that attainment of food security of the State is not far away.
There has been significant rise in production and productivity of other food crops like maize, millet and pulses also in recent years in spite of recurrent natural calamities in some parts of the State. It has been possible due to awareness about modern farm science and toil of the farmers with support of the extension services of the Agriculture department.
The State Government had also taken up several initiatives like CM�s Agri-Mechanisation Programme, State Food Security Mission with support of the Central Government through a number of new programmes like Rashtriya Krishi Vikash Yojana, National Mission on Sustainable Agriculture, Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana, National Mission on Agricultural Extension and Technology which are under implementation in the State with encouraging results, the release added.