The Union Ministry of Agriculture has selected Himachal Pradesh for the Krishi Karman Award 2015-16 for commendable increase in food grains production. A communication in this regard was received by Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh. The Agriculture Department of Himachal Pradesh has been selected for this award for the third time & this feat had been achieved due to dedicated efforts of the department in extending technological inputs and services to the farmers which resulted in increase in food grains production.
The total food grains production has increased from 14.94 lakh tone to 16.34 lakh tone. Besides, the department has done considerable work in promoting poly-house cultivation, crop diversification, micro irrigation, organic farming and soil health management. The award would carries a trophy, citation and cash prize. The state was also conferred the Krishi Karman Award for 2011-12 for increase in wheat production and in 2014-15 for increasing food grains production.
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Krishi Karman awards were instituted in the year 2010-11 to reward the best performing States in food grains and individual crops of Rice, Wheat, Pulses and Coarse Cereals.
Krishi Karman awards are given to Best performer States for raising country's food grain production.
Krishi Karman Awards comprises of three awards for total food grain production and four awards for production of rice, wheat, coarse cereals and pulses - the crops that constitute the food grain.
It is conferred under the National Food security Mission by the Ministry of Agriculture & Farmer welfare, GOI.
Total food grain production in India in the year 2016-17 is estimated at record 271.98 MT.