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Strategy to revitalise agriculture sector

Mar '07
The revitalization of the agriculture sector, improvement in its production and productivity, and enhancement of the income of the farmers are some of the major thrust areas identified by the Government for focused and concerted action.

A number of programmes are under implementation which aim to achieve this objective. Some of the more prominent initiatives taken recently are launching of the National Horticulture Mission as a part of agricultural diversification to high value crops and to assure nutritional security and income support to farm households, the scheme relating to micro irrigation for efficient use of water which is of particular benefit in the dry land and rainfed areas, establishment of National Rainfed Area Authority of India for promoting sustainable agricultural development in dry land and rainfed areas, strengthening of extension support system for dissemination of developing technologies at the farm gate, liberalization and strengthening of marketing infrastructure, improvement in supply of quality inputs, etc.

It is also the endeavour of the Government to promote public-private partnership in the agriculture sector in various areas like agricultural extension, input supply and marketing support.

A comprehensive Credit Policy to enhance credit flow to agriculture has been announced by the Government in June, 2004. The Policy inter-alia aims to double flow to credit to agriculture in next three years, debt restructuring of outstanding loan for farmers in distress, special one time settlement scheme, credit to redeem loan from private money lenders, and refinement of Kisan Credit Card Scheme. Different States and Union Territories are advised from time to time for effective implementation of these schemes for development of agriculture.

This information was given in the Rajya Sabha by Dr. Akhilesh Prasad Singh, Minister of State for Agriculture, Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution in a written reply.

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