India has taken enormous strides towards achieving food & nutritional security in the country. Over the last few decades, food-grain productionhas surpassed population growth. It registered a fivefold increase during a period when population grew by three times.This growth in agriculture ensures not only food and nutritional security for the people, but also equitable distribution of income. Agriculture and allied sectors are thus critical for inclusive growth.
India ranks first in the world in production of milk, pulses and jute; second in rice, wheat, sugarcane, groundnut, vegetables, fruits and cotton; and is a leading producer of spices & plantation crops, livestock, fisheries and poultry.This stupendous success story has been made possible due toinnovation by scientists, assistance under governmental schemes & programmes and, most importantly, hard work of farmers.