Working Groups for the Eleventh Five Year Plan (2007-2012)

Crop Husbandry, Agricultural Inputs, Demand and Supply Projections and Agricultural Statistics

Dated 9th June, 2006

In pursuance of P.C. Division circular No. M-l 1016/4/2005-PC dated 21st December, 2005 it has been decided to set up a Working Group on Crop Husbandry, Agricultural Inputs, Demand and Supply Projections and Agricultural Statistics, in the context of preparation of XIth Five Year Plan.

2. The composition of the Working Group is as under:

(i) Prof. V.S. Vyas, Chairman, Institute of Development Studies , 8B, Jhalana Institutional Area, Jaipur 302 004. - Chairman
(ii) Dr. M. Mahadevappa, Former Vice- Chancellor, University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwar, 1576, 1st Cross, Chandra Layout, Bangalore-560 040. - Member
(iii) Prof. J. George, Director, Haryana Institute of Public Administration, 76, HIPA Complex, Sector-18, Gurgaon-122001 - Member
(iv) Dr. S.M. Jharwal, Principal Adviser, Department of Agriculture and Co-operation, New Delhi. - Member
(v) DDG, Crops, ICAR, Krishi Bhawan, New Delhi. - Member
(vi) Dr. N.B. Singh, Agricultural Commissioner, Department of Agriculture and Co-operation, New Delhi. - Member
(vii) Dr. Praduman Kumar, Prof. and Head (Retired), Agri. Economics, IARI, New Delhi. - Member
(viii) Joint Secretary (Seeds), Department of Agriculture and Co­operation, New Delhi. - Member
(ix) Joint Secretary (INM), Department of Agriculture and Co-operation, New Delhi. - Member
(x) Joint Secretary (Fertilizers), Department of Agriculture and Co­operation, New Delhi. - Member
(xi) Plant Protection Adviser, Department of Agriculture and Co­operation, New Delhi. - Member
(xii) Joint Secretary (Farm Implements and Machinery), Department of Agriculture and Co-operation, New Delhi. - Member
(xiii) Director, Central Institute of Agricultural Engineering, Bhopal. - Member
(xiv) Dr. R.S. Dohre, former Addl. Commissioner (Farm Machinery) -Member
(XV) Joint Secretary, Department of Fertilizers, New Delhi - Member
(xvi) Shri S.D. Sharma, Director, IASRI, New Delhi. - Member
(xvii) Prof. Ramesh Chandra, Director, NCAP, ICAR New Delhi - Member
(xviii) Shri Deep Joshi, Executive Director, PRADHAN, 3, Community Shopping Centre, Niti Bagh, New Delhi. - Member
(xix) DDG, NSSO, Patel Bhawan, New Delhi - Member
(xx) DDG, CSO (National Accounts), Patel Bhawan New Delhi - Member
(xxi) Adviser (Agricultural Statistics), Directorate of Economic and Statistics, Department of Agriculture and Cooperation, New Delhi. - Member
(xxii) Director (Agriculture Census), DAC, New Delhi. - Member
(xxiii) Agriculture Secretary, Government of Madhya Pradesh, Bhopal. - Member
(xxiv) Agriculture Secretary, Government of Haryana, Chandigarh. - Member
(xxv) Agriculture Secretary, Government of Karnataka, Banglore. - Member
(xxvi) Agriculture Secretary, Government of Orissa, Bhubaneshwar. - Member
(xxvii) MD, National Seeds Corporation. - Member
(xxviii) Executive Director, National Horticulture Board, Gurgaon. - Member
(xxix) General Manager, NABARD, Mumbai. - Member
(xxx) Shri S.S. Prasad, Joint Secretary, National Commission on Farmers. -Member
(xxxi) Shri K. Varadharajan, Gen. Secretary, All India Kisan Sabha, 4, Ashok Road, New Delhi. -Member
(xxxii) Smt. Rugmini Parmar, Director, Plan Finance-II Division, Department of Expenditure. -Member
(xxxiii) Adviser (Agriculture), Planning Commission. -Member
(xxxiv) Dr. Rajiv Mehta, Member- Secretary, Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices, New Delhi. -Member-Secretary

3. The Terms of Reference (ToR) of the Working Group will be as follows:

Crop Husbandry and Inputs

  1. To study and analyze the trends in growth rate of agricultural sector, agricultural productivity, investment in agriculture sector and farmers' income and suggest policy initiatives and other interventions required to increase these.
  2. To review the performance of the central sector and centrally sponsored schemes/programmes implemented by the Department of Agriculture and Cooperation during the Tenth Plan with reference to their objectives and targets and to suggest modifications, if to be continued, so as to make these programmes more effective.
  3. To assess the demand and supply of fertilizers, seeds, and other inputs during the XI Five Year Plan and the suggest measures to meet the demand.
  4. To assess the impact of the various programmes on increased/adequate availability and optimum use of agricultural inputs specially water, seeds, fertilizers/ bio-fertilizers, plant protection measures including bio-control agents and bio-pesticides and suggest measures to improve their supply/availability and ways to ensure quality control of inputs including fertilizers, organic manures and bio-fertilizers.
  5. To assess the extent of farm mechanization and suggest strategies for its promotion, also covering small farm implements.
  6. To suggest measures for judicious management of inputs to achieve higher use efficiency and to effectively address issues concerning adverse impact of unbalanced/ excessive input use and over-exploitation of natural resources on environment.
  7. To suggest measures/programmes for increasing the production of foodgrains, oilseeds, commercial crops to maintain the food security and self sufficiency.
  8. To study the declining priority in the expenditure on agriculture and allied sectors by the States and the Central Government, suggest ways to augment it and recommend on the division of responsibility of agricultural development between the Centre and the States.

Demand Supply Projections

  1. To work out the requirement of foodgrains, oilseeds, sugarcane, cotton, jute and other commodities including their demand for export, domestic use and make the supply projections for the terminal year of the Eleventh Five Year Plan for the purpose of working out physical targets of agricultural production.

Agricultural Statistics

  1. To review the present system of reporting of agricultural statistics, re- look on the recommendations of the National Statistical Commission, suggest measures to improve the quality and efficiency of agricultural data-base and identify training needs of the statistical officials.
  2. To suggest measures to improve collection and reporting of agricultural statistics in the North East Region.
  3. To examine introduction of fourth phase to the existing three phase work in agricultural census so as to provide the States with an opportunity to study in-depth a subject of agrarian economy important from regional point of view.
  4. To examine the case for legislation for agricultural census on the lines of Census Act.

4. The Working Group may co-opt any other official/ non-official expert/ representative of any organization as member(s), if required.

5. The Working Group may examine and address issues which are important but are not specifically spelt out in the ToR. The Working Group may devise its own procedures for conducting its business including meetings.

6. The expenditure of the members on TA/DA in connection with the meetings of the Working Group will be borne by the Ministry/ Department/ State Government to which they belong. In case of non-officials, the TA/DA will be borne by the Planning Commission as admissible to the Class-I Officers of the Government of India.

7. The Working Group will submit its interim Report by July, 2006 and final by September, 06.

8. Shri Surinder Singh, Director (Agriculture Division), Room No. 229-C. Yojana Bhawan, New Delhi-110001, will be the nodal officer for this working group for all further communication. (Tel. No. 23096758, E-mail: surinder@nic.in)