Mumbai: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan said that a separate agriculture budget would be presented, a historic step this year. He was addressing the Republic Day function at Jabalpur. He unfurled the national flag and took salute of the parade. Annual growth rate of agriculture will also touch about 10 percent mark, he added.

Referring to farmer friendly steps like one percent interest rate on cooperative loans, depositing money direct into farmers accounts, Rs. 100 per quintal bonus on wheat and Rs. 50 per quintal on paddy, Rs. 1400 crore relief to frost- affected farmers, Chauhan said that separate agriculture budget will boost the prospect of agriculture in the state.

Chauhan said that farmers have been provided water through 650 micro irrigation projects completed in last one and a half years. The Narmada Valley mega irrigation projects have created 6,90,000 hectare irrigation capacity.

The Chief Minister said that a target of increasing 4745 MW has been set for the next three years. Feeder separation works involving a cost of Rs. 5157 crore is going on. He said that construction of state highways and districts roads measuring 6,690 km has been taken up involving a cost of Rs 16000 crore.

Besides, 3585 km roads are also under construction. Referring to rural development initiatives, Chauhan said that Madhya Pradesh is the first state in the country to have started rural transport service.

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