INDIA - Looking at the problems of Maharashtra farmers especially how to deal with a low-rainfall situation, central government is considering new agricultural university in the state.
The central government will be working on creating research & development infrastructure to support long-term growth of agriculture in the state, Radha Mohan Singh, Indian agriculture minister told the visiting delegation of Maharashtra, which includes members of parliament and state legislature of Maharashtra.
Their demand for a second Krishi Vigyan Kendra (Agriculture Science Center) in bigger districts and opening of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) institutes on dairy farming, soil and water testing, integrated pest management and horticulture will also be looked into, the minister adds.
The minister said many parts of Maharashtra are prone to low rainfall and drought, and he has been informed that water level in reservoirs is going down.
Agriculture ministry is closely monitoring the progress of the monsoon, especially over dryland areas. In case of poor or scanty rainfall, contingency plan will be put into operation in the affected districts and is also in constant touch with the State government, the Minister shared with the delegation, the minister said.
The minister also said that his ministry was moving a cabinet note on actions to be taken for mitigating the impact of poor monsoon on farmers.
A delegation members includes Devendra Fadnavis, Eknath Khadse, Vinod Tawde, Hansraj Ahir and Sanjay Patil and gave him a representation on farming matters in the state.
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