Spl plan laid out for agriculture

Spl plan laid out for agriculture

Hyderabad: Minister for Agriculture Kanna Lakshminarayana presented the first ever 'Special Agricultural...

agri2Hyderabad: Minister for Agriculture Kanna Lakshminarayana presented the first ever 'Special Agricultural Action Plan' intended for focused development of agriculture and allied sectors in the state. It includes the plan component of Rs 17,694.61 crore and non-plan component of Rs 8,267.41 crores totally amounting to Rs 25,962.02 crore. The minister said he was confident that the Action Plan would show a way for ushering in a new era for the farmer and suggest solutions for problems faced by the sector for decades. Stressing the need of Special Plan, he said that in the past there was no specific focus on agriculture. "Agriculture is actually a state subject and all the schemes relating to agriculture are implemented by the state staff and the state government has a pivotal role in implementing developmental programmes. We are giving utmost importance to the agriculture sector but many a time it becomes difficult to work in coordination with allied sectors. For example, a farmer wants to go in for paddy while at some other place he will prefer citrus garden. One crop comes under agriculture and the other comes under horticulture. The new Action Plan will help bring convergence and synergy of various departments dealing with land and water," he explained. The allied sectors that have been brought under the Special Plan for Agriculture are Horticulture, Animal Husbandry, Fisheries, Sericulture, Forests, Cooperatives, Irrigation in Command Area Development �CAD (major, medium, minor and ground water irrigation). The state government has set an ambitious target to increase food grain production to 300 lakh tonnes by 2016-17. It hopes to achieve a growth target of six per cent in farm sector which is in tune with the 12th Five-Year Plan. - Several allied sectors under its purview - An innovative first in the country - Allocations total Rs 25,962 crore - Kanna says it helps focused development
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