Planning Commission - Farm projects on cards


Chandigarh, July 7

After a successful interaction with senior officials of the state government, the Planning Commission is now finalising about eight to 10 pilot projects that will be launched in the state to initiate the nation’s growth in the secondary sector of agriculture.

Vice-chairman of the Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan Amardeep Singh Cheema, who was part of the delegation that met state government functionaries, said he had apprised Dr K Kasturirangan, member(agriculture) at the Planning Commission, of a wide gap between agriculture research and agriculture extension services, which were coming as a major road barrier for the second push to the green revolution in Punjab.

Cheema had at the meeting appreciated the research work done by agriculture universities and the ICAR (Indian Council of Agriculture Research), but also expressed his serious concern about its actual reach of this research to the farmers.

Cheema further said he had told the member (agriculture) that Punjab should be adopted as a model state for piloting the project of agriculture extension as innovative farmers, who have entrepreneurship skills and have great history of religiously doing agriculture where agriculture is way of life rather than a industry or job opportunity.

Cheema, who is the Director in th Punjab Agro Foodgrains Corporation and has contributed significantly as Member in the agriculture working group of the 11th Five Year Plan of the Planning Commission of India hoped that this would be a good initial effort on behalf of the Government of India to start this ambitious programme from Punjab as food habits, agriculture patterns, technological advances, agri farm practices are changing very fast in the global scenario of competitive agriculture.

Dr Kasturirangan has in turn asked Cheema for to facilitate an interactive association of the Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan for extending extension services and popularising the new agriculture activities in youngsters as the NYKS has more than three lakh youth clubs throughout India and having more than 80 lakh active members associated with it that will bring in a new revolution in agricultural activities in the country and can act as a local agents of change in agriculture economy.