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GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
Ministry of Agriculture

 

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE & COOPERATION
RAJYA SABHA

UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 3269
TO BE ANSWERED ON 18/12/2009
Increase in Fertilizer Subsidy

 

3269. SHRI RAJEEV CHANDRASEKHAR:

Will the Minister of Agriculture be pleased to state:
(a)  whether it is a fact that there has been a steep increase in fertilizer subsidy over the last few
years;
(b)  if so, the details thereof for the last three years, year-wise;
(c)  the annual growth in farm production over the same period, year-wise; and
(d)  the steps proposed to be taken by Government to bring about reforms in such subsidy policies
to enhance productivity?

ANSWER
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE AND MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS, FOOD AND PUBLIC DISTRIBUTION)
(SHRI K,V. THOMAS)


(a) & (b): The expenditure on fertilizers subsidy during last three years has been as follows:

YearsSubsidy (Rs. in crores)
2006-0728,019.55
2007-0843,319.16
2008-0999,494,71

(c):     The annual growth in food grain production is as under:

YearsAnnual growth
2006-074.16%
2007-086.21 %
2008-091.34 %


(d): The Government has constituted a Group of Ministers for review of the Fertilizer Policy including examination on nutrient based subsidy policy towards inter alia higher agricultural productivity and production for food security.