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(From The Times of India)
MUMBAI: Agriculture minister Govindrao Adik, who has been touring rural Maharashtra ever since he took charge of the not-so-glamorous department four months ago, has been advocating a seven-point programme to protect marginal farmers from the vagaries of the rain gods and forces of the open market.
Once, senior politicians vied for the agriculture portfolio. Now, no one wants it, even though it affects vote banks in their constituencies.
This is because key functions such as dairy development, water conservation and soil conservation have been taken away from the agriculture department, leaving with it four agriculture …