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Presentation For National Conference on Agriculture Kharif Campaign - 2006 New Delhi, 21st & 22nd Feb.

2006
Department of Agriculture Government of West Bengal

Adoption of regionally differentiated strategy for enhancement of crop production and productivity and 4% agriculture growth .1.

5%) by adopting improved agro-management practices. • Annual rate of growth in production of food grains has been 2. . Wheat-7. is almost nil. viz.24% and annual increase in productivity 2. b) Production of Certified/Hybrid Seed – Strengthening seed productions farms (public & private) and seed certification machineries. • Target for 2006-7 is overall increase in production by 5% as compared to 2005-6 (Rice-3%. Oilseed-2. Pulses43%.• Scope for increasing production by bringing additional land under cultivation in West Bengal. Potato-9.09% in the past.2%.4%.: a) Research Infrastructure in the State for developing new varieties.

Organic manures. e) Transfer of Technology – Strengthening of extension machinery. . Vermi compost and Bio-pesticides. application of micro-nutrients. d) Introduction of New Varieties & Crop Diversification. including Horticultural Crops and increase cultivation of Pulses. Tractor & other manually operated farm machineries. Bio-fertilizer. Drum Seeder & Power Tiller. Oilseeds & Tobacco. f) Micro Irrigation System in arid areas – Sprinkler & Drip Irrigation System. demonstration through culture-agriculture. g) Farm Mechanization – Introduction of Zero Tillage Machine.c) Better Soil Health Management through Mobile Soil Testing Units. women farmers training.

14%. It is proposed to maintain the same momentum for 2006-7 and the strategy is to: • Increase land under horticultural cultivation. • Development of post harvest technology and also invite private partnership. • Private partnership in food processing. mango. • Draw up Block-wise horticultural production plan. through its initiative has set up 5 agro-export zones for pineapples.52% and fruit crops-12. • Setting incentive plan for handling and storage units to minimise losses. litchi.Current rate of growth in horticultural production is around 11% (vegetables-11. potato and vegetables). value addition and in accessing market( State Govt. • Adopt improved and hybrid varieties and management practices. .

. • There is scope for further increasing production and productivity by: a) bringing more area under pisciculture.6%. d) enhancing area under intensive cultivation. b) introduction of combination/ multipurpose vessels. contributes about 57% of the total seed production in the country.• Annual average growth rate . c) utilization of deep sea fishing.

• d) manufacture and distribution of quality feed for cattle. egg-2. • c) expand activity of milk co-operatives. poultry and fish by the West Bengal Dairy and Poultry Development Corporation.63%. and meat-2. .73% • Special drive taken to increase production in the State are: • a) distribute poultry chicks to one lakh women members of Self Help Groups. • b) extensive AI program to improve quality of milch cattle.WBMFL proposes to set up dairy plant/chilling plant in Purulia and Howrah.• annual growth rate : milk-2.52%.

• Nutrients :. . Timely availability of quality inputs and adoption of modern farming facilities – seed plan. pulses and maize crops.Fertilizer plan for kharif submitted. acute dearth of quality seeds of hybrid rice. emphasis is on timely availability of fertilizer and in adequate quantity.Seed plan for Kharif submitted. past management and agriculture mechanization • Seed :. nutrients.2.

• Farm Mechanization:.439 a. however. I. • Stress is more on use of Bio/organic manure and chemicals ( av.the following measures are being taken for pest management : 1. • Pest management :. imparting plant protection training. plant protection equipments.M field demonstration. 2. use of bio and botanical pesticide. 3. Consumption of Tech. manually operated thrashers. gr. is laying stress on mechanization of farming practices in small holdings by distribution of power tiller. tractors.) . the State Govt. etc.i. Pesticide in the State has come down to 0.P.promoting farm mechanization in small holdings.

1600 crs.30% of the total Kharif crops(54 lakh ha) is rain fed.3. emphasis is to cover more area through minor irrigation projects as well as through dry land cultivation . State’s own initiative for increasing investment in agriculture. • Irrigation :. agriloan target for 2006-07 is Rs. completion of on going irrigation project and availability of power • Investment in Agriculture: agri-loan is not easily forthcoming from the Nationalized Bank. GOI may use its influence to increase coverage by the Nationalized Banks.

viz. from boro paddy to pulses and oil seeds.4. oil seeds and maize under ISOPOM . 0. • target for diversification : a. fruit. • High value crops :a) increase land under horticulture crops on mission mode b) Increase productivity and production of pulses. 1.5 lakh ha for oil seed b..5 lakh ha for pulses. vegetables – horticulture mission and ISOPOM • Diversification from cereal to non cereal. Crop diversification from cereal to non cereal and high value crops – horticulture crops.

progress in ATMA • ATMA introduced in six districts.5. . • The revised state extension work plan will be submitted by the end of February 2006. • Line department officials are actively involved in the program. Strength of Agriculture extension network making latest technology available to the farmers in the field. • SAMETI has been identified and fund flow is being rooted from SAMETI to the identified district.

6. Marketing reforms to enhance competitiveness and farm income The West Bengal Agriculture Produce Marketing (Regulation) Act does not preclude a. b. setting up of private agricultural markets. . direct marketing by the producers.

. • Amount of crop loan issued under NAIS by different commercial banks and rural banks is meager as compared to the co-operative banks. Risk management . • At present premium subsidy level for small and marginal farmers is only 10% under NAIS.To provide insurance coverage to protect farmers from inclement weather condition and fluctuating prices.7. which may be increased to make the scheme more viable. • Ongoing NAIS may be made more accurate and effective by making gram panchayet as the defined unit.

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