January 6, 2014
WB Govt to build Krishi calendar on the lines of administrative calendar
After creating history through the creation of an administrative calendar – the first government in India to do so – the West Bengal Government has now decided to set up a `Krishi calendar` (agricultural calendar). While the administrative calendar sets targets for the 61 departments of the WB Govt and is aimed at bringing transparency and accountability in government work, the Krishi calendar will help in boosting agricultural production in the state and also augment the process of agricultural marketing.
This visionary plan, a brainchild of Chief Minister Ms. Mamata Banerjee, will be a path-breaking step never seen before in India. Officials in the department of Agriculture have said, the document will be prepared within the next two months. The calendar will have information on all types of agricultural products, although the focus will be on paddy and potato production.
The calendar will contain information like the time of production of a certain crop, and also the districts where is it primarily grown. The document will also contain suggestions on the use of fertilisers and insecticides to optimise production. The calendar will also aid farmers in earning the maximum possible returns for their crops, and will assist them in selling their crops. The calendar will act as a bridge between farmers and officials of the agriculture department at block level.
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