Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis today said that the state had maximum agricultural production during the kharif season of 2017-18, despite 30 per cent less rainfall, due to effective water conservation schemes of the state government.
Fadnavis said that farm production during last year was "historically positive" and was similar to the record one in 2012-13 that was aided by the state receiving 110 per cent of its average rainfall.
"Last year, there was 30 per cent less rain but we had maximum production like in 2012-13. This is because of effective water conservation schemes like Jalyukt Shivar which helped to improve soil moisture and also provide irrigation," Fadnavis said.
"We have seen historically positive agriculture growth rate with our all round efforts. In spite of 30 per cent less rainfall last year, we could manage well due to our efforts for sustainable irrigation and an investment-based approach," he added.
He said that the meteorological department had predicted a satisfactory monsoon this year with a forecast of 92-110 per cent of the average rainfall.
Fadnavis said that for the next month and a half, more concentration was needed on credit supply as well as on implementing the state government's farm loan waiver scheme.
"Collectors should plan and monitor this. Another area of monitoring is crop insurance so as to avoid any last moment rush," Fadnavis.
Fadnavis was speaking while chairing a review meeting of the Kharif season this year.
The meeting was attended by cabinet ministers, secretaries of departments, Vice-Chancellors of various agriculture universities, collectors, CEOs of Zilla Parishads among others.