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Agriculture to get priority in 11th Plan: Pawar

india Updated: Dec 24, 2006 19:34 IST
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Agriculture will be given priority in the 11th Five-Year plan and the government has constituted a committee of six chief ministers to suggest steps for growth in this sector, Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar said in Pune on Sunday.

The committee will submit its report in the next few months, he said.

Pawar was in Pune to attend the annual general meeting of the Vasantdada Sugar Institute along with Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh.

The previous BJP-led government gave only 1.5 per cent of share to agriculture in budgetary allocation as compared to 13 per cent to telecommunications, he said.

"It was not a bad move to invest in telecommunications, but agriculture should not have been ignored," he added.

"Now, we have changed the policy. Farmers are getting adequate and low-interest loans and the agriculture sector is on the revival path," Pawar said.

The decision to permit sugar export was a good move as this year will see a record production of sugar. The estimated output has been pegged at 240 lakh tonnes, 40 per cent more than the total demand of 190 lakh tonnes, he said.