Chandigarh: Punjab farmers on Friday gave thumbs down to the Union Budget 2012-13 for failing in announcing any special package to reinvigorate the state s farm sector.
"No package is announced for Punjabs agricultural sector which has been the food bowl of the country for decades to rejuvenate the farm sector plagued with serious problems like declining water level and deteriorating soil health," Bhartiya Kisan Union, President, Ajmer Singh Lakhowal said here today.
Farmers have been pitching for a special economic package for Punjab to revitalise its agriculture sector, plagued with stagnant food grain yields, deteriorating underground water resources, mounting debt and farm sector s declining share in Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP).
Advisory body Punjab State Farmers Commission said the Union Budget should have focused on how to encourage crop diversification in states like Punjab to break the wheat-paddy rotation, mainly responsible for overexploitation of state's natural resources....more
08:37 PM, Mar 16, 2012