TAMIL NADU

Agriculture Production Committee reviews progress of ongoing projects

Staff Reporter

TUTICORIN: The district administration conducted Agriculture Production Committee (APC) meeting here on Thursday, to review the progress of various projects taken up the by the departments of agriculture, animal husbandry, agriculture engineering, horticulture and fisheries.

Senior officials from the departments discussed the status of seeds, fertilizers and pesticides available in the district and analysed whether the stocks were adequate for the ensuing crop seasons falling within the current fiscal.

Vaccination

Besides, the coverage of drip irrigation in the district was deliberated and officials took stock of the situation pertaining to vaccination of small ruminants.

The APC entrusted the animal husbandry department to conduct mass contact programmes across the district to tell villagers on the necessity to administer vaccination to animals, so as to prevent outbreak of various diseases such as blue tongue disease during the forthcoming northeast monsoon.

The meeting was followed by a presentation by R. Bharat Kumar, Assistant General Manager, National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD), in which he explained to the officials about the Potential-Linked Credit Plan (PLCP) for 2006-07, to be published during November.

He said the PLCP attained greater significance in the wake of the Central Government's decision to remove the `service area approach,' which now enabled the banks/financial institutions to finance projects taking place anywhere in the country, without sticking to any sort of jurisdiction.

"In this scenario, micro level plans would become non-existent and thereby catapult the status of PLCP as the `mother plan' of Annual Credit Plan," he said.

Mr. Kumar said the PLCP for 2006-07 would be arrived at after studying the physical and financial projections based on available infrastructure that was required to tap the potential in the area of agriculture and its allied sectors.

Asking the officials of various departments to cooperate with the efforts of NABARD in the preparation of PLCP, he reminded that the plan could be drafted comprehensively only if the departments had updated the data on various sectors, so that correct ground level potential could be reflected.

New chapter

Later speaking to The Hindu , Mr. Kumar said a new chapter titled `infrastructure' will be featured in the PLCP-2006-07, for the first time, with an aim to compare the district performance vis-�-vis the State average on the infrastructure front in every department.