Kolkata: West Bengal has won the Central Government’s Krishi Karman Award for outstanding agricultural productivity for the fourth year in a row.
This time it is for the record production in oilseeds in the financial year 2014-15, of 9.01 lakh metric tonnes, which is an increase by 28.11% over the 2010-11 level. The cultivated area for oilseeds is now 7.76 lakh hectares, which is also an increase, by 15.67% over 2010-11.
Under the state Government, the State has been making record productions of various crops. It is now a trendsetter in the country. The State Government has created numerous schemes to benefit farmers, ranging from distribution of high-quality seeds to creation of better irrigation facilities to enabling easy procurement of fertilizers to helping farmers to get the right price for their produce by excluding middlemen by selling them at Krishi Bazaars.
Agricultural fairs have been held regularly since 2012-13 at block, district and state levels. For the first in India, a permanent site with infrastructure, called ‘Mati Tirtha,’ has been set up for agriculture and allied sectors – for fairs, exhibitions, demonstrations, promotions, publicity, etc.