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Working Group for the formulation of Tenth Five Year Plan (2002-2007).

Crop Husbandry, Demand and Supply Projections and Agricultural Inputs

Dated 15th November 2000


1 Shri K Rajan, Former Secretary (A and C), Govt. of India
2 F/2, Kamat Khera Miramar, Panaji, Goa – 403002
2 Dr G S Bhalla, Professor Emeritus,
Centre for Regional Development School of Social Science, JNU, New Dettu-110067
3 Dr G S Kalkat, Vice Chancellor,
Punjab Agriculture University Ludhiana, Punjab
4. Special Secretary (A and C),
Department of Agriculture and Cooperation Krishi Bhawan, New Delhi-1
5. Addl Secretary,
Ministry of Water Resources, Sharam Shakti Bhavan, New Delhi- 1
6. Agriculture Commissioner,
Department of Agriculture and Cooperation, Krishi Bhawan, New Delhi– 1
7. Economic and Statistical Adviser,
Directorate of Economic and Statistics, Department of Agriculture and Cooperation,
Krishi Bhavan, New Delhi-1
8. Deputy Director General (NRM)
Indian Council of Agricultural Research, Krishi Bhavan, New Delhi-1
9. Director (Agriculture) Government of Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow. Member
10. Director (Agriculture), Governmenv of Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad. Member
11. Director (Agriculture), Government of Rajasthan, Jaipur, Member
12. Directorate of Agriculture, Government of West Bengal, Kolkata. Member
13. Directorate of Agriculture, Government of Haryana, Chandigarh. Member
14 Directorate of Agriculture, Government of Punjab, Chandigarh. Member
15. Joint Adviser (Agri.), Planning Commission, New Delhi-1 Member-Secretary

Terms of Reference:

  1. To review the performance of various Central Sector and Centrally Sponsored Schemes being implemented by Department of Agriculture and Cooperation during the Ninth Plan with reference to their objectives and targets set both in terms of physical and financial aspects and to suggest modifications so as to make these programmes, if continued, more effective with regard to raising productivity and input supply use.
  2. To assess the impact of various programmes on the increased /adequate availability and the optimum use of agricultural inputs, especially seeds, water, fertilizers and bio-fertilizers, farm implements and machinery, bio-control agents and bio-pesticides, information/ extension support and suggest measures to further improve their supply/ availability.
  3. To suggest measures / programmes to effectively address issues relating to adverse impact- of unbalanced/ excessive use of inputs and over exploitation of natural resources on sustainable development of agriculture, especially in the green revolution and intensive cultivation areas..
  4. To suggest the ways / programmes for increased use / wider adoption of organic waste, Integrated Nutrient Management (INM) System and Integrated Pest Management (EPM) System.
  5. To suggest measures/ programmes for better management of inputs especially water, fertilizers and pesticides to achieve higher use efficiency and minimize their adverse impact on land and water resources, environment and human and animals.
  6. To assess the requirement of improved seeds of foodgarins crops, oilseeds, commercial crops and horticulture crops during the Tenth Five Year Plan and suggest the measures to adequately meet the demand.
  7. To study the progress of agricultural mechanization during Ninth Five Year Plan and to suggest measures/ programmes to encourage mechanization, including the development / fabrication of implements and machines and propagation of the same for efficient and quick farm operations, minimizing the wastage of time and energy and post harvest losses so as to improve efficiency and reduce the cost of production
  8. To review the programmes of extension, transfer of technology and suggest measures to make them more effective and meaningful under the fast changing needs and empower the farming; community with access to information
  9. To work out requirements of foodgarins, sugarcane. cotton, oilseeds, jute and other crop commodities, including their likely demand for export and make the supply projections for the terminal year of the Tenth Five Year Plan for the purpose of working out physical targets of agricultural production.
  10. To suggest the measures programmes for substantially increasing the production of foodgarins and other agricultural commodities specially that of pulses and oilseeds so as to maintain self sufficiency and to achieve a reasonable degree of self sufficiency m pulses and oilseeds.

The Terms of Reference indicated above (para 3.1) at SI Nos.(ii) to (viii) are for the sub group on "Agricultural Inputs" and SI No (ix) for the sub- group on "Demand and Supply Projections".

The Chairman of the Working Group may set up task forces, if necessary, for undertaking in-depth studies and formulation of Plan proposals.

The Working Group may co-opt non-official experts/ representatives of other agencies, if required

The expenditure of the members on TA/DA in connection with the meeting of the Working Group will be borne by the parent-department, Ministry organization. The expenditure, if any, in respect of non-official members will be borne by the Planning Commission as-per rules and regulations of TA/DA applicable to Grade-I officers of Government of India.

The Working Group will submit as final report to the Planning Commission by 31st March, 2001. The report will be a consolidated one considering the findings, suggestion and recommendations of the two Sub-Working Groups referred to in this order.