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Need for coherent agri policy for food security in India: Prez

Posted on Nov 28, 11:18AM | UNI

Calling for a rethink on agriculture in India to ensure food security in the country, President Pranab Mukherjee today called for putting in place a coherent and comprehensive policy that has synergy among its various elements.

Inaugurating the international conference on 'Sustainable agriculture for food and livelihood security' at the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) here, the President also called for a collaboration between the state governments and the Central Government on monitoring and appraisal of various schemes.

'Government initiatives are of little use without efficient systems for their implementation. Equally important is the collaboration between state and Central governments on monitoring and appraisal of various schemes.

A coordinated and integrated approach should start at the grassroots, taking into account all the factors.' Present at the conference were Punjab Governor Shivraj Patil, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, PAU vice chancellor G S Dhillon and Indian Council for Agricultural Research director G Ayappa. The President, laying emphasis on collation of information and policy integration, said,'many policies are susceptible to failure because of inacurate feedback. Collation of information and policy integration is essential.'