Assam, Tripura awarded for record food production

July 17th, 2011 - 6:33 pm ICT by IANS  

Manmohan Singh Agartala, July 17 (IANS) Assam and Tripura are the two northeastern states among the 10 Indian states receiving national awards for record foodgrain production, an official said here Sunday.

“Assam got the award in the category of states with overall foodgrain production of between one and 10 million tonnes. Tripura was the sole winner in the category of states with overall food grainproduction of less than one million tonne,” Tripura agriculture department director Shib Narayan Sen told reporters.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh conferred the ‘Krishi Karman’ awards to Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and Tripura Agriculture Minister Aghore Debbarma at a function in New Delhi Saturday.

Debbarma said Tripura had produced 712,000 tonnes of rice during 2010-11, and had been implementing a “perspective plan” to achieve self-sufficiency in foodgrain within the next few years.

“The prime minister has highly appreciated Tripura for its success in food grain production. He asks the state to attain more success in food productions,” he added.

The other states received the ‘Krishi Karman’ awards include Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh, Orissa, Maharashtra and Karnataka.

Each award-winning state received a trophy, a citation and cash award - Rs.2 crore for total foodgrain production and Rs.1 crore for each of the four crops included in the basket.

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