Interventions: Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security:

State Consultation on Agriculture and Food Security

17th November 2009, Raipur, Chhattisgarh
The state is considered one of the best states in providing food security to the people through the Public Distribution System. However, of late, the agriculture in the state seems to be suffering due to climate change impacts and lack of policy initiatives. PAIRVI organized a state consultation on agriculture and food security in collaboration with Agro tech society, Ministry of agriculture Chhattisgarh, and Indira Gandhi Agriculture University Chhattisgarh. The consultation took a comprehensive view of the agriculture in the state in presence of the Honorable Governor of the state Mr. Shekhar Dutt and Minister of Agriculture, Mr. Chandrshekhar Sahu. The Minister said that in view of the fact that Chhattisgarh is primarily an agricultural state, it needs to be improved substantially to increase its contribution to the GDP and improve the conditions of farmers in the state. He also said that he will request the Chief Minister to grant a separate budget for agriculture (like railways) and also set up an agriculture cabinet, besides increasing outlay in agriculture. He also demanded a High Powered Committee on climate change in the state to look into the challenges that the state faces from climate change.