Patna: Prem Kumar, Bihar Agriculture Minister, at a press conference in Patna on Wednesday accused the Congress party for ignoring agriculture sector in Bihar during its over fifty years of rule in the state.
"Congress Party that was in power for nearly five decades systemically ignored agriculture and the needs of the farmers who found no support from the government to earn reasonable profit and sustain steady growth. The NDA government at the Center is trying everything in its might to reverse the situation," the minister said.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has launched a massive campaign to highlight the achievements of the four-year old Narendra Modi government ahead of the next year's Parliamentary elections to get an edge on the Congress and its allies. The program will continue till June 11 after which the NDA would launch the second phase of the 'spread-the-word' campaign.
"Congress also failed to act on the recommendations to introduce neem-coated urea in the country over 20 years ago. It took the Narendra Modi government to take action in this regard. This has essentially ended black market of urea and other chemical fertilizers in the country," Kumar said.
Citing figures and stats from the past four years, the Agriculture Minister said that due to the razon-sharp focus on agriculture by the Modi government, Bihar saw a substantial rise in agricultural growth in food-grain and land productivity across the state.
"In 2016-17, total production reached 185.61 lakh metric ton while the land productivity was measured at 27.77 quintal per hectare. There was also a record growth in maize production in Bihar," he said.BLOG COMMENTS POWERED BY DISQUS