Gujarat to set up a high level committee for strengthening agro-infrastructure: Chief Minister
Centre’s “pink revolution policy will ruin agriculture in the country: CM warns Opposition has set up a “Lie Manufacturing Factory” in Gujarat
CM inaugurates a Mega Agro-festival of South Gujarat at Nana Pondha in Valsad
An impressive agriculture exhibition and Cattle Health CampGujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi has announced that, Gujarat Government, with a view to encouraging value addition in agro-industries, has decided to set up a high level committee that will study and suggest measures for strengthening agro-infrastructure, agro marketing and preservation of agro products, food packaging and marketing, with absolute holistic approach. The committee that will consist of renowned agro experts, agro scientists, agronomists, progressive farmers and experts from Government side will ensure absolute forward linkage for agro infrastructure. This will bring about a revolution in agriculture sector and help future generation getting attracted to agriculture, he added.
Mr. Narendra Modi inaugurated Gujarat’s fourth zonal mega Krishi Mahotsav of South Gujarat at tribal dominated Nana Pondha village, full of flora and fauna, of Valsad district, on Thursday.
Lambasting Center for its meat export policy, he said, while Gujarat was heading for green and white revolutions, Union Government had adopted the policy of encouraging “pink revolution” and that was export of mutton to foreign countries. Centre was committing a sin with pink revolution policy. Such anti-peasant policy would ruin the agriculture sector that was mainly supported by animal husbandry, he said. “Gujarat will never tolerate such anti-farmer policy, he warned.
Coming down heavily on Opposition in Gujarat, he said, “They have set up a “Lie Manufacturing Factory” in Gujarat, whose sole aim is to spread lies about Gujarat. They say: Farmers in Gujarat have ruined with the growth of industries in Gujarat. The fact is that, the fertile land of South Gujarat that spreads from Ankleshwar to Vapi belt on National Highway was allocated to industries by the past Governments ruled by the Opposition. We have allotted completely barren land to industries and yet getting optimum results of it,” he added.
Underlining Gujarat’s pro-agro policy he said, “We have set up 22 Agriculture colleges in Gujarat. We have planned to set up an Agro-Engineering college in Dediapada and a horticulture polytechnic college in Dharampur, the areas dominated by tribal population. We are planning to start an Agro Bio Technology college in Surat, that will help future generation to adopt ultra modern and scientific methods in agriculture”.
“Gujarat Government by organizing mega agriculture festivals (Krishi Mahotsav) for the past eight years, has made Government answerable to people. This festival is a festival of reckoning. No Government in India can even think of such revolutionary step”, he added.
He gave away cash awards over Rs. 60 lakh to 11 progressive farmers of south Gujarat, who have applied modern technology and new methods in agriculture.
He also felicitated Sardar Patel Agriculture award and Agriculture Technology Management Award (ATMA) farmers for their extra-ordinary contribution in the field of agriculture. The Chief Minister inaugurated an impressive exhibition, contains over sixty stalls, depicting new methods of farming, research and value-addition technology in agriculture and visited a Cattle Health Camp. The Chief Minister released a souvenir being published by Agriculture University.
Thousands of peasants from Surat, Narmada, Bharuch, Navsari, Valsad, Tapi and Dangs districts participated in this mega zonal Mahotsav. Ministers Mangubhai Patel, Dilipbhai Sanghani, Narottambhai Patel, Ranjit Gilitwala, Ishwarsinh Patel, MPs, MLAs, Chief Secretary A. K. Joti and other dignitaries were present.