A Conference on Fruits & Vegetables, Dairy, Poultry & Fisheries
While addressing a conference on Fruits & Vegetables, Dairy, Poultry & Fisheries - Leveraging the Diverse India Opportunity at World Food India 2017 in New Delhi, Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Shri Radha Mohan Singh said that, the unprecedented and multi-faceted development of Indian agriculture post-independence is unparalleled and the world is eager to study and adapt our growth strategy.
India has moved ahead among the countries suffering from food shortages and not only providing food to 134 million population but have also become a food exporter, thanks to the hard work and wisdom of our policymakers, farmers, scientists, and food production officers. India with just two percent of the world's land we are not just feeding 17 percent of the global population, 11.3 percent livestock and vast genetic inheritance, but also exporting food.
Shri Singh said that today we are the world's largest milk producer, second largest fruits and vegetable producer, third in the production of fish and holds fifth place in egg production. The Minister further said that we export a lot of agricultural commodities which is about 10 percent of the country's total exports.
The World Food India, which is being organized in the national capital, is a unique platform where delegates from 60 countries of the world will not only understand but also assess our progress.
The Government has taken various steps to increase the agricultural sector's growth rate. Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana, Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana, e-NAM, Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana, Soil Health Card are some of our key schemes. The Government has allowed 100% FDI in food processing.