Notes on progress of Agriculture and Five Year Plans

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The progress achieved under five year plans by agriculture sector is as under:

1. First Plan (1951-56):

During this Plan, Rs. 290 crore was spent on the development of agriculture. By the end of the Plan, food grains production increased to 693 lakh tonnes.

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2. Second Plan (1956-61):

During the Plan an expenditure of Rs. 549 crore was incurred on the development of agriculture. Consequently, food grains production went up to 823 lakh tonnes.

3. Third Plan (1961-66):

Development of agriculture involved an expenditure of Rs. 1,089 crore during this Plan. But due to several causes production of food grains fell to 723 lakh tonnes.

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4. Fourth Plan (1969-74):

In the Fourth Plan, expenditure on agricultural development amounted to Rs. 2,230 crore and production of food grains increased to 1,047 lakh tonnes.

5. Fifth Plan (1974-79):

Agricultural development during this plan coasted Rs. 4865 crore and production of food grains increased to 1320 lakh tonnes.

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6. Sixth Plan (1980-85):

In this Plan, Rs. 6,623 crore was spent on the development of agriculture. The production of food grains increased to 1,465 lakh tonnes.

7. Seventh Plan (1985-90):

An outlay of Rs. 12,792 crore was spent for the development of agriculture in this Plan. The food grains production was 1,760 lakh tonnes.

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8. Eighth Plan (1992-97):

Actual outlay on agricultural development in the Eighth Plan was Rs. 23,808 crore as against the proposed outlay of Rs. 22,467 crore. Actual production of food grains was 1,851 lakh tonnes as against the target of 2,100 lakh tonnes. Growth rate of agriculture was 3.8 percent per annum.

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