RS Paroda, chairman, state farmers commission, told FE, A technical group has already been formulated for the task and we shall soon initiate talks with the progressive farmers, intelligentsia of various universities in the state and state government departments like water, power, agriculture etc. The draft of the policy is expected to be ready within the next six-eight months. He added, Though the elements of the national agriculture policy will be kept in mind but the focus will be to ensure more productivity and profits to the farmers through crop diversification and resource conservation. Issues like linking farmers to the market, saving production losses, exploring export potential will also be considered.
AK Yadav, DG agriculture said, The basic purpose of framing states own agriculture policy is to bring to the fore area specific needs and set priorities for future action. Studies will be conducted about the climatic zones, water table, the present policies/practices etc and then the new agriculture policy will be framed. It will set a roadmap to lead agriculture in a particular direction.