During a meeting with departmental officers here on Monday to review the status of schemes and programmes of the department, Mein emphasized the need to explore the feasibility for creation of more irrigation systems particularly in the foothill areas for higher production, a press release said here on Tuesday.

Mein appreciated the plea of the department for arrangement of state matching share to access central government funding against various innovative schemes and assured to take up the matter with appropriate authority.

Earlier, in a power point presentation, Agriculture Advisor AK Purkayastha elucidated the present status and future strategies for food and farm income security of the state and pointed out few important issues for consideration of the state government.

The Agri & allied sectors’ contribution to state GDP was
31.6 percent during 2011-12 as against 24.9 percent during 2006-07 and the crop production programme in the state has maintained around 8 percent annual growth rate in the first two years (2012-14) of the XII Plan against 6.5 percent target, the release said.


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