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West Bengal to witness 4% growth in agriculture

Posted Dec 23 2008 1:53pm

Kolkata: Agricultural growth in West Bengal will increase to four per cent during the Eleventh Five Year Plan, the state government said here on Monday.

"Due to increasing population and subsequent pressure on agriculture, growth in this sector has declined to 2.25 per cent. But we hope to touch four per cent in the Eleventh Plan period," Agriculture Marketing Minister Naren De said.

At the national level, agriculture grew at the rate of 4.5 per cent in 2007-08, and in the current fiscal, the Prime Minister's Economic Advisory Council has projected it to dip to two per cent, reports IANS.

The state government along with the Indian Chamber of Commerce is organising a three-day agriculture summit to address issues of marginal and small farmers and steps to improve the agricultural productivity.

Nine states are participating in this summit. Along with national and state level ministers, farmers will also participate in the meeting.
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