Patna, Nov 9: President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday launched the Bihar Krishi Road Map 2017-2022 in Patna.Also Read - Lalu Yadav Back in Driver's Seat, Takes His First Jeep For a Spin on Streets of Patna | Watch

This was Ram Nath Kovind’s first visit to Bihar as the President of India and he said said it was a moving and emotional experience for him. He would always remember the regard and affection received from people of all sections and regions of the state during his tenure as the Governor of Bihar, he said. Also Read - Bank Holiday Alert: Banks to Remain Shut Tomorrow For Chhath Puja in These Cities | Complete List Here

The President stated that the centenary year of the Champaran Satyagraha is being commemorated from April 2017. As such this was the best time to introduce the new ‘Agricultural Road Map’ in the interests of farmers. He added that Mahatma Gandhi had emphasised through the Satyagraha that farmers are at the centre of Indian life and policy making and this remains true even today. Also Read - PV Sindhu Awarded With Padma Bhushan; Bembem Devi, Rani Rampal Receives Padma Shri

The President also said that the Government of Bihar had launched the first ‘Agricultural Road Map’ in 2008 after consulting farmers, agricultural scientists and other stakeholders.

The 2017 road map is the third such road map and it provides comprehensive and coordinated plans for the development of agriculture in the state. All concerned Departments have been directed to design their policies keeping the welfare of farmers in mind. This is a fundamental change. The President expressed confidence that the 3rd Agricultural Road Map’ released will further energise the agricultural sector’s performance in Bihar and empower the farming community.