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Need to diversify farm sector stressed

Planning Commission member Dr BL Mungekar and agriculture advisor to the state government Dr Sompal Singh met Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan at Mantralaya here today.

india Updated: May 19, 2006 13:29 IST

Planning Commission member Dr BL Mungekar and agriculture advisor to the state government Dr Sompal Singh met Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan at Mantralaya here today.

Mungekar discussed the economic planning and strategies and assured cooperation from the Centre. He said it was urgent to pay attention to diversification of farm sector to make it more dynamic. It would make the economy more vibrant, he said. Mungekar also inquired about the rehabilitation of Sardar Sarovar Project (SSP) ousted families.

Chouhan told him that the state government was fully committed to the complete rehabilitation of project affected families. Maximum number of rehabilitation sites had been equipped with complete basic facilities. The affected families had been given liberal compensation packages to enable them purchase land of their choice.

Mungekar said all possible Central support would be extended to the state with intervention of the Commission. He said small irrigation projects had been taken up as they were financially viable, involved no displacement of people and were of greater utility for the farmers.

Minister for Tribal Welfare Kunvar Vijay Shah, Finance Minister Raghavji, Principal Secretary Finance Sumit Bose, Principal Secretary Planning Amar Singh and Secretary to CM Anurag Jain were present.

The newly appointed agriculture advisor to the State Government Dr Sompal Singh met the Chief Minister and discussed with him about the measures to make agriculture a profitable profession and promoting agro-based industries.

Dr Sompal said that since 70 percent population depended on agriculture sector for livelihood, it was urgent to think of strategies for early maturing varieties of farm produce, installation of food processing units and practice of modern methods of farming.