Agri-growth to rise to 4 percent in West Bengal

September 22nd, 2008 - 8:49 pm ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, Sep 22 (IANS) Agricultural growth in West Bengal will increase to four percent during the 11th Five Year Plan, the state government said here Monday.”Due to increasing population and subsequent pressure on agriculture, growth in this sector has declined to 2.25 percent. But we hope to touch four percent in the 11th Plan period,” Agriculture Marketing Minister Naren De told reporters.

At the national level, agriculture grew at the rate of 4.5 percent in 2007-08, and in the current fiscal, the prime minister’s Economic Advisory Council has projected it to dip to two percent.

The state government along with the Indian Chamber of Commerce is organising a three-day agriculture summit to address issues of marginal and small farmers and steps to improve the agricultural productivity.

Nine states are participating in this summit.Along with national and state level ministers, farmers will also participate in the meeting.

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