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Uttarakhand minister wants Centre to implement SAZ

Shishir Prashant / Business Standard / Dehra Dun June 25, 2010, 0:45 IST

After not finding favours in his home state, Uttarakhand Agriculture Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat has now decided to discuss the concept of Special Agriculture Zones (SAZs) with the Centre.

With the state government showing little enthusiasm to declare the new agriculture policy, Rawat has now decided to send a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh detailing about the benefits of SAZ, which was conceptualised to protect farmlands and achieving food security. The Uttarakhand agriculture and horticulture departments are implementing SAZ as a pilot project in three blocks —- Raipur in Dehra Dun district, Pokhra in Pauri and Kotabagh in Nainital. [more]