Chidambaram also stated that agricultural exports are likely to cross USD 45 billion this fiscal, as against USD 41 billion in 2012-13. Highlighting the improved growth of agriculture sector during the UPA tenure, the Minister said: "Agriculture GDP growth increased to 3.1 per cent in five years of UPA-I, further to 4 per cent in the first four years of UPA-2. In the current year, agri growth is estimated at 4.6 per cent."
Chidambaram attributed the likely increase in farm growth this fiscal to estimated bumper production in various crops. "Foodgrain production in 2012-13 was 255 million tonnes. The estimate for the current year is 263 million tonnes. The estimate of production of sugarcane, cotton, pulses, oilseeds point to a new record," he said. The likely record foodgrain production is on the back of a good monsoon this year. PTI LUX MJH KSR