Jharkhand to bring legislation to protect farmland
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Last Updated: Sunday, April 11, 2010, 19:30
Jamshedpur: Jharkhand government has been planning to bring a legislation to protect farmland from being acquired for industry, state agriculture minister Mathura Prasad Mahto said on Sunday.

"We have been working to formulate an act on the lines of Chhotanagarpur and Santhal Paragana Tenancy Act that protects the land of Adivasis," Mahto said at a two-day seminar on 'Possibility of cashew production in Jharkhand'.

"The state government is committed to protect agricultural land in Jharkhand and wants to prevent industries to procure these lands," he said, adding that the state's agricultural output was diminishing due to shrinking agricultural land.

The government would look into the complaints of such lands being taken for industrial purposes.

Jharkhand government has initiated steps to ensure sufficient water supply to agricultural land to increase production, he said.

The government has set a target to dig 1,000 wells and rejuvenate half of the government-owned ponds and set up bore wells, he said.


First Published: Sunday, April 11, 2010, 19:30

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