The Madhya Pradesh government said on Thursday that it continued to ace other states in the agriculture sector, but admitted that the production of main oilseeds had declined by an alarming 40.5 per cent.
In the economic survey 2015-16 tabled in the Assembly, the government said the agricultural growth rate had come down to 18.83 per cent in 2014-15 from the peak of 22.41 per cent, but it was still the highest in the country. In 2004-05, the growth rate was 3.13 per cent.
The state, which has won four consecutive central awards in food grain production, also admitted that though the acreage for wheat, rice and maize increased by 4.22 per cent, the production was substantially less by 10.03 per cent. Maize production fell by 37.45 per cent in 2013-14 over 2012-13.
The main oilseeds, soybean and mustard, saw the worst decline at 5.92 lakh MT in 2013-14 from the high of 9.95 lakh MT in 2012-13. Soybean production, in which MP has a lion’s share, was less by 43.91 per cent.
Interestingly, the production of eggs and meat increased substantially in the period when CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan turned down a proposal to include eggs in anganwadi meals and the BJP took its campaign against beef to a new high. The survey report does not provide break-up of meat production, but it reached 59,000 MT in 2014-15, over 48,000 MT the previous year.