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செவ்வாய், டிசம்பர் 06, 2011

Agriculture to get extra thrust in 12th FYP



            Special focus would be given to the agriculture sector, which has witnessed a steep fall in the state gross domestic product during the 11th five year plan, K Dhanavel, member secretary of the State Planning Commission, said here on Monday.


            Dhanavel said that against the target of 4% growth, agriculture and allied sectors had registered just 0.69% while the manufacturing sector had registered 4.36% against the target of 9.2%. The service sector alone had registered growth of 11.06% against the target of 10.1%, he said.


          Addressing reporters after the regional consultation meeting of the State Planning Commission here on Monday for the preparation of the 12th Five Year Plan, he said the share of the agriculture gross state domestic product had declined to 8% in 2010-11 from 11% in 2005-06 but it still supported 40% of the state's population. Hence, top priority would be given to the sector with a growth target of 4% for doubling food production and enhancing the income of farmers 2 to 3 times through a second green revolution, Dhanavel said.


          When asked about the decline in cultivable land, he said that during 2001-11, 5 lakh hectares of agricultural land had been converted to non-agricultural purposes, mainly for residential plots. He said such conversion would not be allowed in such an easy manner and measures would be taken.  A growth target of 10% had been fixed for the 12th Five Year Plan with special focus on power, micro, small and medium enterprises, infrastructure, rural development, education, health, urban issues, water supply, sanitation and environmental.


          Regional consultation meetings would be held in Tirunelveli on December 7, Cuddalore on December 13 and Trichy on December 15 with the intention of collecting regional views and suggestions. Regional disparities would be addressed more effectively, he said. 

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