The Union Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare in April 2017 selected Tripura, Himachal Pradesh and Tamil Nadu for the Krishi Karman Awards 2015-16. On the other hand, Meghalaya was chosen for commendation prize for total food grain production. The state would also be given a cash award of Rs 1 crore.
Tripura is selected for the Krishi Karman Award 2015-16 in small category (less than 1 million tonnes). It is honoured for a commendable increase in food grain production in small category states. The north-eastern state produced 825000 tonnes of food grain in the year 2016. The state would also be given a cash award of Rs 5 crore. Tripura is being honoured with the award for the second time.
Himachal Pradesh is chosen for the award in medium category (1 to 10 million tonnes). During the last five years, the state’s total food grains production has increased from 14.94 lakh tone to 16.34 lakh tone. Himachal Pradesh was also conferred the Krishi Karman Award for 2011-12 for increase in wheat production and in 2014-15 for increasing food grains production.
Tamil Nadu has been chosen for the prestigious award in large category (production more than 10 million tonnes). The state produced 130 lakh tonnes of food grains in 2015-16, which is the highest in the last five years. In terms of yield in food grains, the state managed to get a yield of 3.38 tonnes per hectare as against the all-India average of 2.028 tonnes per hectare, which is 67% more than the national average. Tamil Nadu will also be given a sum of Rs 5 crore.
The state had already bagged the award thrice in 2011-12 for highest food grains production, in 2013-14 for highest pulses production and in 2014-15 for highest coarse cereals production. Krishi Karman Awards were instituted in the year 2010-11. It was instituted to reward the best performing States in food grains and individual crops of Rice, Wheat, Pulses and Coarse Cereals. The awards are given to Best Performer States for raising India’s food grain production.