12th Plan: Pawar stresses on food security

Last Updated: Fri, Dec 28, 2012 00:44 hrs

Union Minister for Agriculture and Food Processing Industries, Sharad Pawar Thursday asserted that a number of new initiatives have been proposed in the 12th Five Year Plan for retaining youth in agriculture sector and funding for research and innovations.

Addressing the 57th Meeting of the National Development Council, Pawar said that the twin objectives of the plan are ensuring food security and improving the lot of farmers through higher investments in agriculture and allied sectors.

He added that to address the challenges in the livestock sector a National Livestock Mission and National Programme for Bovine Breeding & Dairying has also been proposed in the Plan.

The Agriculture Minister said that the 12th Plan will be focusing on strategies for stable and remunerative prices for farmers; a greater role for the private sector in agriculture, diversification and R&D efforts; distribution of more institutional credits equitably; providing greater focus on small and marginal farmers, improving productivity in rain-fed areas and creating a more competitive environment for agricultural marketing.

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