Rajasthan seeks World Bank aid

Special Correspondent

Proposes agricultural project worth Rs.434 crore

JAIPUR: Rajasthan has submitted a proposal to the World Bank for launching a project worth Rs.434 crore to strengthen agriculture, animal husbandry and marketing of farm produce with its assistance. The State Agricultural Marketing Board sent the proposal to the World Bank over the weekend after preliminary discussions with the global institution’s representatives.

The State’s Finance Department has already sanctioned Rs.44 crore for the project during 2009-10.

Board Administrator Vipin Chandra Sharma said here that the World Bank, which had selected Rajasthan for the agricultural competitiveness project, was expected to provide funds on a low interest rate and easy instalments.

As many as 82 Krishi Upaj Mandis and 20 special mandis will be developed under the project. Mr. Sharma said the farm producers’ cooperative society would ensure an active participation of cultivators in marketing activities.

In the animal husbandry sector, highly technical “cattle marketing mandis” will be established in Bharatpur, Jalore and Bikaner and fish mandis will be set up on the banks of six large, 37 medium and 10 small ponds with the assistance of fish cooperative societies. He said five regional fish mandis would also function under the project.

The Agricultural Marketing Board will function as the nodal agency for executing the project and coordinating among related Departments.

Mr. Sharma said Rs.1.08 crore would be spent on animal husbandry, Rs.5.33 crore on dairy development, Rs.1.70 crore on fisheries and the remainder on agriculture and agricultural marketing schemes.

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