India Minister fears grain shortage

19-02-2008 | |

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

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