Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday asserted that the new agriculture roadmap to be implemented from April would script a new story for Bihar's all-round growth between 2012 and 2022.

Addressing a farmers’ congregation, Kumar said, "After holding consultations on the draft and seeking opinions of experts, the agriculture roadmap would script a new story for Bihar's pledge for development with justice".

Kumar said the first agriculture roadmap was implemented in Bihar between 2008 and 2012 under which several schemes like seed extension scheme, seed gram scheme, thrust on bio-farming and use of agriculture equipment were launched.

"Now the new agriculture roadmap which will come out after intensive exercise would be implemented for five years between 2012 and 2017 but the state government wanted that it should have a broad road map for the next ten years.

"The new agriculture roadmap will prove to be a milestone by ensuring rainbow revolution. We will be laying thrust on increasing production and productivity," he said.

After fine-tuning the agriculture roadmap, it was estimated that around Rs 1.52 lakh crore would be spent between 2012 and 2022 on its implementation.

Kumar said the production of paddy has increased in Bihar and delegations are coming from outside to know about the new technique for paddy production.

"We are quite encouraged by this," he said.

In a bid to further enthuse the farmers, the state government has decided for procurement of paddy involving PACS and SFC by making available the resources these agencies require, the chief Minister said.

"The state government's work is to evolve policy and make available the resources required for the purpose," he said adding the roadmap would also come in handy for increasing irrigation capacity, extension of roads and infrastructure.

The roadmap would ensure better production, markets and now we have also taken the steps for updating land records, he said.

"We will be ensuring proper electricity, and lay thrust on food processing, horticulture, fishery, poultry through implementing the roadmap," Kumar said.

"A special agriculture cabinet has been set up by us and it is a new initiative on its own in the country. There are 18 departments engaged in the task... we have constituted 14 sub-committees after holding consultations with the experts and scientists," he said.