Maharashtra government is ready to draft a new agriculture policy which will aim to encounter the new challenges in the field.
Interacting with the media, Agriculture Minister for state Pandurang Fundkar said the Maharashtra government is planning to set up a seed hub for production of seeds in the state.
“The field of agriculture has many challenges before it. Climate change, farmers’ suicide, labour shortages are some of the many challenges before us. The new agriculture policy will address them and help in serving the farmers better,” he said.
The policy that will be used for better production and to combat challenges would be drawn up in the next 5-6 months and would take inputs of other states in terms of their best agricultural practices, said the minister.
Seed production especially for food crop would also be looked into by the state government. In this regard, the agriculture department plans to set up seed hubs in Jalna in Buldhana area of the state. At these centres, seeds for various crops will be produced for the farmers.
At present, although there are seed companies operational in the state, most of the seed is produced in other states, including Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka.
Another important project, which the state government plans to take up, is a re-survey of horticulture cultivation. The project which has started in seven districts of the state will soon see surveys in all the districts. Both satellite surveys and on-ground authentication will be undertaken.