After a gap of 11 years,the state government is ready with a draft of new Gujarat Comprehensive Agri-business Development Policy 2012 which is expected to be declared within a week.
The scheme currently in existence was announced in January 2001. Since then,the state government has not changed the policy or announced any new incentives for the sector.
The new policy draft has been cleared by the states agriculture and industry departments and is currently pending before the finance department,which is likely to clear it shortly. The government may declare the new policy just before the announcement of Assembly polls, an official said,adding that the objective of the new policy is to ensure food and nutrition security and economic empowerment to the people through sustainable agriculture growth.
The policy aims at doubling the production of food grain by 2020 and to sustain a minimum growth of 8% in the 12th five-year plan (2012-17) in the agriculture,agribusiness and food-processing sector.
Other objectives of the policy are to increase income of farmers,enhance productivity,strengthen seed-related infrastructure,farm management,technological upgrade,encourage public-private partnership projects in agribusiness and food processing sector,promote diversification of crops,among others.
The state government also plans a new seed policy,water supply policy and agri-industrial parks.