Specttrum News: Once regarded as a backward state on agriculture front also, Bihar is now hogging the limelight at national level and its farmers are getting national awards due to their hard work, said chief minister Nitish Kumar on Monday. He said farmers should adopt the 'system of rice intensification (SRI)' method to maximize the yield.
Launching SRI Sanskriti and Kisan Gaurav Abhiyan Kharif-2014 and green belt programme at Dr C P Thakur College in Chechaul village under Naubatpur block of Patna district, Nitish said five of Bihar's farmers broke world record in paddy production and created new record in the yield of potato and wheat. In 2011-12, two state farmers were honoured with Krishi Karman Award for paddy production and in 2012-13 two more farmers received the same award in wheat production. The CM felicitated four Krishi Karman awardee farmers - Shanti Devi, Sumant Kumar, Kamla Prakash and Zahid Khan - with Kisan Gaurav Samman.
The CM said to make Bihar an agriculture belt, an ambitious road map has been charted out. Encouraged by the success of the first road map which ended in 2012, another one has been started for enhancing production in poultry, fisheries, floriculture and milk which will ultimately better the farmers' financial condition. "About 76% of the people associated with agro-related activities come under the purview of farmers. Anybody who is either owner of the land or work there is a farmer," he said.
Under the agriculture road map, he said, all the villages with 250 population will be linked through road. The foodgrains storage capacity has also been increased. Earlier, the paddy was sent to UP for rice milling but now new units are being established in the state.
The CM said the electrification work has still not been completed. The work was going on in 11 districts and now it has been started in the remaining 27 districts. In the next two to three years, transmitters, poles and wire will reach each habitat.
Agriculture minister Narendra Singh said the state has made remarkable progress in agriculture. The government is providing all help to the farmers for using SRI method in five lakh hectares.
Chief secretary A K Sinha said Bihar was above national average in foodgrain production and the day was not far when Bihar farmers would surpass their Punjab counterparts. Principal secretary, agriculture department, Vivek Singh welcomed the guests. Others who spoke on the occasion included Kisan commission chairman C P Singh and a progressive farmer, Ajay Kumar Sinha.