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08 August 2011

Madhya Pradesh excels in agriculture growth rate in India, claims Chief Minister

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By Pervez Bari

Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Mr. Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that the state is ahead in the country in respect of agriculture growth rate. He stressed the need for district level action plan for change in crop cycle to achieve higher production. He said that agro-climate suited crop pattern should be adopted for encouraging yields.

Addressing the conference of commissioners and collectors here on Saturday, Mr. Chouhan gave instructions to give top priority to construction of feeder channels of irrigation projects. He asked the collectors to keep watch on the quality of fertilizers and seeds and take strict action in cases of sale of substandard quality of seeds and fertilizers.

The Chief Minister said that in order to ensure benefits of crop loan on one percent interest, farmers should be compulsorily made members of primary cooperatives society by December end.

Stressing the need for promoting lending facilities in allied agriculture sector like animals husbandry, fisheries and horticulture, Mr. Chouhan said that maximum number of farmers willing to take up such activities should be linked to banks. He said that horticulture crop growers should get excellent market facilities.

It was informed that laboratory will be set up in each division for testing the quality of farm inputs. Credit Cards are also being provided to fishermen on one percent interest rate. In order to make public distribution shops viable, arrangements are being made to keep other commodities making them multi-purpose shops. The credit limit for each PDS shop has been fixed at Rs. one lakh. The conference was informed that Hoshangabad, Harda excelled in farm production while Chhindwara did well in farm extension work and Satna in seed production.

Minister for Agriculture Dr. Ramkrishna Kusmaria, Minister for Cooperatives Gauri Shankar Bisen, Finance Minister Raghavji, Minister for Horticulture Kailash Vijayvargiya, Minister for Public Health Narottam Mishra, Minister for Public Works, Minister for Animal Husbandry Ajay Vishnoi, Minister for Forests Mr. Sartaj Singh, Minister of State for Agriculture Mr. Brajendra Pratap Singh, Minister of State for Energy Rajendra Shukla, Minister of State for Urban Administration Manohar Untwal also expressed their views on different issues concerning their respective departments.

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

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