Punjab to announce agro-industry policy by early December
THE working president of Shiromani Akali Dal and a Lok Sabha member, Mr Sukhbir Badal has assured industrialists in the region that along with the new industrial policy a separate agro-industrial policy, to bring in investment and remove all the bottlenecks faced by the industry, will be announced by the first week of December . Mr Badal met representatives from Jain Irrigation, Adanis, Dabur, Tata, ITC, Amrit Banaspati, Premium Farm Fresh, Pure Foods, Nuway Organics, Mrs Bectors, Satnam Agri, Sunstar, LT Overseas, among others, to give a push to the agro-based industry in the state. The industrialists, who are in the process of setting up their projects in the state, raised the problems being faced and the requirements, which would push the investment in the agro-industrial sector in Punjab. Mr Badal also mentioned that the government would like to act as a catalyst in promoting infrastructure in power, roads, airports etc for the benefit of the industry and also ensure ease of carrying on corporate and contract farming on larger chunks of land to make it a viable and profitable proposition both for the farmers and the industry. In addition it was also informed that the state would have the land records computerized to bring transparency in the agriculture land deals. The government would also like to remove the problems being faced in getting clearances of various sorts by making them available online. He assured the industrialists of full government support in completing the agro industry projects in the state.