Bihar`s Rs 1.5L cr agri roadmap launch likely next month
Patna: The five-year agriculture roadmap prepared by the Bihar government, probably first of its kind in the country, at an estimated cost of Rs 150 lakh crore is expected to be launched from next month.
"The launch of agriculture roadmap for 2012-17 is expected next month," Mangala Rai, Agriculture Advisor to Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, told a news agency.
He said this is estimated to cost about Rs 150 lakh crore in the next five years.
The roadmap for implementation of the Rainbow Revolution targets to lift agriculture growth in the state to a minimum of 7 per cent annually, Rai, former head of Indian Council for Agriculture Research (ICAR), said.
Rainbow revolution is an integral development programme of agriculture, horticulture, forestry, sugarcane, fishery, poultry and animal husbandry.
The state`s cabinet has already approved the ambitious agriculture roadmap formulated under supervision of the Chief Minister.
Nitish Kumar, who met Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia last month for finalisation of the state`s annual plan, had briefed him about the agriculture roadmap.
The share of Irrigation, Flood Control and Agriculture sectors in the Rs 28,000 crore state annual plan for 2012-13 approved on June 27, are 9.12 percent and 6.8 percent respectively.
With an aim to give a thrust to agriculture sector, the Bihar government has also constituted a agriculture cabinet comprising representatives from 18 departments related to farm sector which would monitor the activities under the agriculture roadmap.
As per the state government`s 4th estimates, Bihar is expected to register a record foodgrains production of 16.97 million tonnes this fiscal. The previous highest was 12.2 million tonnes in 2008-09, he said.
Production of rice is estimated at 8 million tonnes while that of wheat is estimated at 2.76 million tonnes, Rai said.
Rai said in order to overcome the adverse impact of bad monsoon on agriculture, the state government has decided to provide 5-8 hours of uninterrupted supply of power to farmers across the state and earmarked Rs 600 crore for diesel subsidy.
He said a committee has been set up under him to decide steps to mitigate the effects of poor monsoon in the state whose 35 districts out of a total of 40 districts are rain-deficient till now.
The committee would suggest alternate crops and provide other vital inputs to minimise bad effects of poor monsoon in the state, he added.
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