TN to come out with new agri-business policy

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Chennai, Oct 28 (UNI) Tamil Nadu will soon come out with a new agri-business policy, that would be incorporated in the industrial policy being finalised by the state government.

Announcing this at an international conference on agri-business and food processing organised by FICCI here last evening, State Agriculture Minister Veerapandi S Arumugam said a committee led by Finance Minister K Anbazhagan was finalising the state's industrial policy.

It had decided to include its strategies on agri-business in the proposed policy. At present, incentives being given to industries were being offered to agri-business too.

Mr Arumugam said 50 more ''Uzhavar Sandhais'' (Farmer's market), with mini cold storage facility, would be set up to strengthen the direct marketing facility for agriculturists. The government would also impart training to farmers in post-harvest technology to reduce the loss of perishable commodities.

Speaking in favour of contract farming, he said it would help farmers get an assured price for their produce, besides quality seeds and modern farm techniques.

UNI

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