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Gujarat held 25,000 cattle health camps and eradicated 112 diseases among cattle, during the last ten years: Narendra Modi

Ahmedabad, Tuesday: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi today said that the State Government has accorded top priority to scientific development of agriculture and animal husbandry with a view to making rural economy strong.

Talking with farmers across the state directly through videoconferencing on the third day of Krishi Mahotsav-2012, he said the government has allocated Rs.350-crore on veterinary and animal husbandry during the current financial year.

He said there used to be time when agriculture was considered to be the best avocation and then it was neglected for about last 50 years, but it has been revived again during the last ten years. The government is encouraging educated youth and progressive farmers to join research and development in advanced methods of farming and animal husbandry.

Efforts have helped the state’s milk industry grow by 68 per cent. This was possible because the success stories of cattle owners were widely publicized. Since women have a great contribution in dairy industry, he said, training them in modern dairy practices could increase milk productivity and production further. Kutch and Kathiawadi Dairies were once closed down, but have been revived again. The newly founded Kamdhenu University proposes to start more topical courses.

Mr. Modi pointed out that Gujarat does not have perennial rivers and hence the government concentrated on animal husbandry and horticulture. The government pays equal importance to its 2.50-crore cattle wealth. The government arranges about 2,700 cattle health camps, totaling 25,000 such camps during the last ten years. As many as 112 diseases among cattle have been eradicated.

New projects include 57 cattle mobile medical vans, Rs.36-crore 80 artificial sperm centres of good breeds, Rs.30-crore fodder seeds distribution kits, Rs.30-crore for cattle pond, developing a modern fodder farm on 1,200-acres, helping 6-lakh BPL farmers double their crop production. New experiments in gobar gas and bio gas, animal hostel are some other innovative projects.

The Chief Minister said that the annual Krishi Mahotsav is no election year campaign but a sustained mission by one lakh government officials go out in the heat and dust of intense summer every year, before the onset of monsoon, inviting farmers and cattle owners to take the maximum benefit of latest scientific advancement in agriculture and animal husbandry.

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April 19, 2021
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PM Modi appreciates the crucial role of the pharma sector in the fight against the pandemic
It is because of the efforts of the pharma industry that today India is identified as ‘pharmacy of world’: PM Modi
Despite all the challenges, the Indian pharma industry has also registered a growth of 18 percent in exports last year, which shows its potential: PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with leaders of pharmaceutical industry via video conferencing. The Prime Minister appreciated the crucial role of the pharma sector in the fight against the pandemic.

PM Modi appreciated the way the pharma industry is working even in such trying conditions.

PM Modi remarked that it is because of the efforts of the pharma industry that today India is identified as ‘pharmacy of world’. He said essential medicines were made available to more than 150 countries around the world during the pandemic. The Prime Minister stated that despite all the challenges, the Indian pharma industry has also registered a growth of 18 percent in exports last year, which shows its potential.

Noting the second wave of the virus and rising number of cases, PM Modi commended the pharma industry for their efforts to increase production of several necessary drugs. He appreciated them for reducing the price of injections like Remdesivir. To keep the supply of medicines and essential medical equipment going smoothly, PM Modi urged the pharma industry to ensure seamless supply chains. PM Modi also extended government’s support for facilities like Logistics and Transportation.

He urged the industry to conduct more and more researches on threats which can occur in the future along with Covid. This, he said, would help us take the lead in combating the virus.

Seeking cooperation from the pharma industry, PM Modi assured that government is undertaking reforms for new drugs and regulatory processes.

The leaders of the Pharma industry appreciated the proactive help & support received from the Government. They highlighted the efforts made over the last one year in ensuring availability of drugs keeping manufacturing and logistics operational. Operations at the pharma hubs for manufacturing, transportation, logistics and ancillary services are being maintained at optimum levels. The participants also share inputs on the measures being undertaken to meet the overall medicine demand in the country despite the unprecedented increase in demand for some drugs  the COVID Treatment Protocol.

The meeting was also attended by Union Health Minister Shri Harsh Vardhan, MoS (Health) Shri Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Union Minister Chemical and Fertilizer Shri D.V. Sadananda Gowda, MoS (C&F) Mansukh Mandaviya, Principal Secretary to PM, Dr V K Paul Member (H) NITI Aayog, Cabinet Secretary, Union Health Secretary, Union Pharmaceutical Secretary, Dr Balram Bharagava, DG ICMR, amongst other officers from Ministries / Departments of Central Government.