Patna: Bihar is all set to launch the five-year agriculture roadmap, billed as the first of its kind in the country, next month to give pace to integrated growth of farm sector.

The agriculture roadmap for 2012-17 will be launched by President Pranab Mukherjee on October 3, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has said in a statement.
 
The roadmap has focus on development of food processing, food preservation, fisheries and animal husbandry for galvanising development of agriculture in the state, which engage over 90 per cent of the state's population.

The target is to lift agri growth in the state to a minimum of 7 per cent annually, said Mangala Rai, Agriculture Advisor to the Chief Minister.

The state government has planned to improve infrastructure particularly in the rural areas to provide necessary back up for success of the ambitious agricultural plan, Kumar said, adding that as part of this it has been decided to link villages having population of 250 and above with pucca (metalic) road.

The condition is conducive for faster growth of agriculture in Bihar as its soil and water have not been polluted, he added.

Rainbow revolution is an integral development programme of agriculture, horticulture, forestry, sugarcane, fishery, poultry and animal husbandry.
 
The state's cabinet has already approved the ambitious agriculture roadmap formulated under supervision of the Chief Minister.
 
The Bihar government has also constituted a agriculture cabinet comprising representatives from 18 departments related to farm sector which would monitor the activities under the agriculture roadmap.

(Agencies)

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