Centre allocates Rs 16.29 crore for HP Agriculture Department

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Shimla, Feb 13 (UNI) To give a boost to agricultural activities in the state, the Centre has allocated a sum of Rs 16.29 crore for developing agricultural land in Himachal Pradesh, Agriculture director J C Rana today said.

State Agriculture Department had been made nodal department under the scheme. The scheme would help in lifting the socio-economic status of farmers, he said in a release here.

Dr Rana said a state-level sanction committee, under the Chairmanship of the Chief Secretary, had also been constituted that would accord sanction of the phase-I and phase-II projects under the scheme.

The committee would also monitor and review the scheme from time to time, he said.

He said development of agriculture and its allied areas would be ensured under the scheme so as to increase its productivity by four per cent during the eleventh Five Year Plan.

The main objective of the scheme was to encourage the states to invest in agriculture and its allied activities, he added.

Under the scheme, the state would get assistance in two phases, he said and added that for special and new projects, 75 per cent funds of the total proposed scheme would be allocated under the first phase, while resources would be provided for strengthening the existing scheme.

The director said out of the allocated Rs 16.29 crore, a sum of Rs 12.22 crore would be provided under phase-I and Rs 4.07 crore were provided under phase-II.

Under phase-I, Rs 7.25 crore for agriculture department, Rs 2.20 crore for Horticulture, Rs 1.63 crore for Animal Husbandry and Rs one crore for H P Agriculture University had been allocated under the scheme, he said.

He said Rs 2.26 crore for Agriculture Department and Rs 1.81 crore for horticulture had also been allocated under phase-II of the scheme.

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