While assuring financial assistance for the initiatives, the Prime Minister also that the state specific plan taking into account local needs and resources should be at the core of any agricultural revamp strategy. They should build current baseline levels of production, yields and investments and must have clear, tangible targets in terms of increase in agricultural productivity, he said.
The Planning Commission will prepare an outline for a major programme for providing central support to states, which prepare such location specific plans. I believe a program of this nature can provide the critical breakthrough we have so far been looking for and enable states to integrate all the various disciplines in farming - including irrigationinto a common umbrella with a focus on specific outcomes targeted at bridging the yield gaps.
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Agriculture being a state subject, Singh said most of the planning and implementation of strategies and programmes will be best done at the state level. Therefore state specific strategies should be prepared taking into account every states individual resources and capabilities and build on these for a strong and vibrant agriculture sector.