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India Minister fears grain shortage

Union Minister of State for Planning M.V. Rajasekharan in India has said that the country will have to face a serious shortage of foodgrains unless immediate steps are taken to enhance agricultural production.

He said this at a seminar on "Retail Revolution for Agricultural Prosperity" organised by the Bangalore Chamber of Industry and Commerce (BCIC).

The country's current foodgrains shortage, he said, was around 5.5 million tonnes. However, it should ensure that the production of rice was stepped up by 10 million tonnes, that of wheat by 8 million tonnes and pulses by two million tonnes to overcome a possible major shortage in the future.

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