Patna: Bihar has recorded overall growth rate of 16.71 percent during 2011-2012, the highest in the past five years, Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi said on July 18.
Modi, who also holds the finance portfolio, said the state has created a record in food grains production during the year, which is the highest since Independence.
Bihar produced 166.69 lakh mt of food grains during 2011-2012 compared to 103.47 lakh mt last year; he said quoting latest figures, which were made available in June.
The 2011-12 agriculture production marked a growth rate of 17.16 percent, which was considerably higher than in the previous years, Modi said.
The growth rate had been as low as 0 percent from 1992-95, which rose to 3.8 percent from 1995-1996 till 2001-02.
“Despite the ups and downs in the previous years the NDA government has tried to stabilize it and now we have plans to achieve a growth rate at 13 percent during 12th Five Year Plan,” he said, adding the state government was working in this direction.