11th Plan to focus more on agriculture

New Delhi, July 26 | Updated: Jul 27 2006, 05:30am hrs
The agriculture sector would receive top most priority in the 11th Plan, Planning Commission deputy chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia said.

"We are now finalising approach paper to the 11th Plan and one of the critical areas happen to be agriculture," he said at the launch of the World Bank-funded national agricultural innovation project (NAIP) here.

Agricultural growth has been neglected in the recent past as evident from the below 2% farm sector growth, he said.

Declaring that agricultural growth would be the single-most important determinant to overall economic growth, he said "we need to double agricultural growth".

The higher agricultural growth can be ensured by pushing technological innovation to farmers field, massive shift in favour of diversification, focus on dryland farming and thrust on horticultural crops, he said. "All these involve a large research agenda," he said.