Favourable monsoon will aid farm growth this year: Agri min

New Delhi, June 2: Union agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh on Tuesday said the country was poised to witness strong farm growth this year, aided by a good monsoon predicted by India Meteorological Department (IMD).

“If the IMD forecast comes true, I am confident that foodgrain output will definitely increase and the overall agricultural growth will also be higher,” Singh said at a press conference here.

The minister also said the Modi government would continue with the trend of higher minimum support prices for pulses for the upcoming agriculture season.

“The first priority of the central government was to take up effective initiatives to fight the challenges prevailing in the agricultural sector. I would like to tell you despite a more severe drought this year, compared to last year, we have been able to maintain the levels of food production,” Singh said.