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Badal calls for second green revolution

                                                                                                         The Hindu, New Delhi, 22th April, 2013

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Sunday called for a second green revolution and said his government was firm on putting the State on a fast-track to agriculture diversification to restore soil fertility and check the depletion of the water table.

Winding up the intensive discussions after a two-day meeting with a Central team of agriculture experts and farmers here, the Chief Minister said these fruitful deliberations had helped the State government prepare a roadmap for implementation of the agriculture diversification plan in a phased manner.

Mr. Badal said the over-exploitation of natural resources such as micro nutrients in soil and ground water had sounded the alarm for the State government. A second push towards a ‘green revolution’ is the need of the hour.

He told the meeting that the Punjab Government will submit comprehensive proposals in this regard to the Union Ministry of Agriculture by April 30.

The Chief Minister said the government has chalked out a strategy to reduce the area under paddy cultivation and shift to alternate crops. He said this was done with a view to shift from supply-driven to demand-driven agriculture.

Mr. Badal said the diversification plan would be instrumental in ensuring long-term sustainability and improving farm incomes.

“The Contract Farming Act has been enacted and notification issued to regulate the contracts and make mutual obligations enforceable,” he said. - PTI