India is the world's second largest producer of Rice, Wheat and other food grains. We have achieved remarkable production since independence i.e., 39.25 Million Tons (1950 -51) to 213.32 Million Tons (2007 - 08) (Source: Planning Commission, GOI).
The total area under Cereals cultivation has been increased from 71.42 Million Ha (1950 -51) to 98.00 Million Ha (2007 - 08).
- The important Cereals in the Indian context are - Wheat, Paddy, Sorghum, Bajra, Barley, and Maize.
- The National Food Security Mission was launched in May 2007 aimed at to produce 10 more Million Tons of Rice and 8 more Million Tons of Wheat by the end of eleventh plan and gives various incentives for promotion (www.nfsm.gov.in).
- The Directorate of Rice, Wheat and millets Development, under the Ministry of Agriculture, Dept. of Agriculture & Co-Operation, Govt. of India is responsible for monitor and popularize the latest high yielding varieties in various states of the country along with the latest improved production technology evolved by the Agriculture Scientist (http://dacnet.nic.in/Rice/Wheat/Millets).
- With 180 Million Ha of arable land (one tenth of the world), 56 Million Ha of Irrigated land, its diverse agro climatic conditions and the thrust given by the National Food Security Mission and Directorate of Pulse Development will favor India to become the global food factory of the world.
- eFresh's objective - The information on India's leading position in Cereals, will facilitate the Indian farmers and other stakeholders for focusing on the increased activity in Cereals production.