Government targets increase in foodgrain production
Last week, Union Commerce and Industry Minister, Suresh Prabhu said that the government has finalized a new industrial policy with a major focus on promoting industrial units in rural areas and that the same will be announced soon.
According to news reports, the government has set a target to increase the country’s foodgrain production by over 2% to a record 283.7 million tonne in 2018-19 crop year (July-June), which should be aided by a normal monsoon. Also, the government is expected to soon fix the MSPs at 50% over cost of production for all kharif crops, where not already done.
Good monsoon, coupled with government’s focus on building rural infrastructure, providing better agricultural support prices, focus on increasing farm incomes and creating job opportunities, bodes well for rural India. You can benefit from this trend by buying the Rising Rural Demand smallcase. The smallcase has returned 26.09% over the previous year compared to Nifty returns of 14.5%.
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