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We know the fact very well that agriculture sector has been the backbone of the Indian economy and it will continue to remain so for a long time. It has to support 17 per cent of world population from 2.3 per cent of world geographical area and 4.2 per cent of world’s water resources. In India between 1965-66 and 2010-11, total food grain production was increased by over 230 per cent. During this period, rice production increased from 30.59 MT to 95.32 MT – a straight line growth of over 211 per cent; wheat production performed substantially better, increasing from 10.40 MT to 85.93 MT – a growth of 726 per cent; while coarse cereals registered growths of 103 per cent in same period.

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