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Agroforestry policy to be prepared in Bihar: Nitish

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Patna | Tuesday, Feb 13 2018 IST
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today said the state government would prepare an agroforestry policy soon to compensate farmers suffering losses due to variations in their income.

Inaugurating a function on agroforestry here, Mr Kumar said his government was making efforts to compensate farmers suffering losses due to variations in their income through agroforestry and the farmers could enhance their income by planting trees along with sowing cereal and other crops. He said agroforestry policy would be formulated with a purpose of expanding agroforestry in the state and also increasing income of farmers associated with it. The Chief Minister said, deliberations to be held in the function would be quite helpful in preparing agroforestry policy. He said the state government had held discussions with specialists and farmers before preparing first agriculture roadmap (2008-12), second agriculture roadmap (2012-17) and third agriculture roadmap (2017-22). He said, the first agriculture roadmap helped increase in productivity of agriculture fields and income of farmers. Similarly second agriculture roadmap focused on conservation and extension of forest cover in the state. Mr Kumar said that experts attending the function would give valuable suggestions for improving sale of trees and easing tree growers' access to markets and also for sorting out associated problems. He said, the forest cover in Bihar was very limited despite the fact the state`s area comprised 3.6 per cent of the country`s total area and 8.6 per cent of the country`s population resided in the state. He said it was generally considered that plains should have 20 per cent of forest cover but the state lacked adequate land for the purpose. He said, after the division of Bihar, its forest cover had reduced significantly as only bordering districts of Bihar and Jharkhand and state`s Champaran region were covered with forest.

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