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28 July 2011

Madhya Pradesh first State to have Agriculture Economic Survey, present separate Agriculture Budget

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By Pervez Bari

Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh government has resolved to establish Agriculture Cabinet and present a separate Agriculture Budget in the next budget session 2011-12. Madhya Pradesh will become the first state in the country to do so.

The share of agriculture sector in Madhya Pradesh's State Gross Domestic Product (SGDP) was 22.47 percent in year 2009-10. The State's economy is agriculture-based and economic activities are connected with industries and service sector. The report of Agriculture Economic Survey will turn out to be a milestone in this connection.

According to an official spokesman the report will incorporate area-wise and comparative analysis of food grain, pulses, oilseed and commercial crops and products. It will also throw light on agriculture development, agriculture marketing and storage facility. Necessary financial arrangements (credit, long-term loan etc.) available to farmers of the state will also be considered.

The agriculture sector growth rate in Madhya Pradesh was 7.53 per cent in 2009-10. The State Government is committed to making agriculture profitable. With total agriculture sector growth in view, production and development will be augmented in allied sectors like horticulture, farm forestry and forest produce, animal husbandry and dairy development and fishers.
The responsibility of conducting Agriculture Economic Survey has been entrusted by the State Government as a consultant to Dr. Mrityunjay, retired director, National Agriculture Economic Policy and Research Centre, New Delhi.
"Status of Agriculture in Madhya Pradesh 2011" will be presented on the basis of the report submitted by Dr. Mrityunjay. The Agriculture Economic Survey will consist of studies on agriculture and agriculture-related sectors, guidelines, short, medium and long-term targets, hurdles coming in the way of agriculture development and their solution, suggestions, policy fixation etc.

In this context, a concept paper will be presented at the next meeting of Agriculture Cabinet in August 2011. On the basis of this report, "Agriculture Economic Survey" will be presented before the budget session 2011-12.

[Pervez Bari is a Journalist based at Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. He can be contacted at pervezbari@eth.net]

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