Five states, including Punjab and Uttar Pradesh, on Saturday received awards from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for high production of foodgrains in 2010-11 crop year (July-June).
The other three states, which won the award are Assam, Orissa and Tripura, an official statement said here.
Punjab and Uttar Pradesh were the joint winners of the “Krishi Karman award” in the category of states with overall foodgrain production of more than 10 million tonne recorded in the last five years.
Assam and Orissa got the award in the category of states with overall foodgrain production of between one and 10 million tonne.
Tripura was the sole winner in the category of states with overall foodgrain production of less than one million tonne.
The PM also rewarded some states in the individual crop category.
The award for rice went to Chhattisgarh while that of wheat went to Haryana, Maharashtra and Rajasthan won for pulses and Karnataka for coarse cereals.
Each award winning state received a trophy, a citation and cash award.
The cash award (for each State) was Rs 1 crore for total food grain production and Rs 1 crore for each of the four crops (rice, wheat, pulses, coarse cereals).
Chief Ministers of Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Assam and Chhattisgarh were present at the award ceremony.
Agriculture Ministers of Uttar Pradesh, Odisha, Tripura, Maharashtra and Karnataka received the awards on the behalf of their States.