Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan Thursday said Maharashtra would achieve a 10 per cent growth in the agricultural sector. The state had registered a negative growth in the sector last year.
“In spite of the climatic and natural calamities, we are sure with the help of farmers and the use of modern technology we will be able to attain a 10 per cent growth in the agricultural sector,” Chavan said while undertaking a review of the kharif season.
The state had last year seen its agricultural growth dip by 1.4 per cent. A troubled state government has since then launched a plan to bring more area under cultivation.
However, a spate of natural calamities has caused a setback for the sector.
With nearly 150 lakh hectares under cultivation, the kharif output is the most important for the state.
“The weather department has forecast that the rainfall this year will be less than usual. Keeping all this in consideration, we will ensure that we pay special attention to distribution of fertilisers, seeds and adequate electricity,” said the CM.