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12th Five-Year Plan to set 4% agricultural growth target

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PUNE: The twelfth five-year plan (2012-17) which is scheduled to be submitted in April 2012, will set a target of 4 per cent for agricultural growth, as announced by Mr Abhijit Sen, Member (Agriculture), Planning Commission.

While addressing the third Indian Seed Congress started here today, Mr Sen said that there was around 2.5 per cent agricultural growth in the 9th and 10th Plans, while the 11th Plan which will end this March is expected to show growth of 3.3-3.5 per cent.

The 11th Plan has made basic architectural shift in the way the Central Government interprets agriculture. The government's role in decision to spend has been deteriorated to the states to the tune of over 60 per cent, and this will further fall downwards, in order to make more players understand the functioning of the industry.

Mr KV Subbarao, President, National Seed Association of India, said that the food production had to be doubled by 2015 to meet demand.

He also called for refinery steps like a seed regulation regime and uniform implementation across states aiming to promote the Rs 9,000-crore seed industry.

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