Friday: Even as the 7th ‘Krishi Mahotsav' is launched today, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi said the agricultural revolution of sorts has brought 13-lakh hectare of additional land under farming alongside establishing the state as Number One in systematic and scientific development of the farm sector, too, over this period.

Inaugurating the month-long statewide mahotsav at Akodara near Himatnagar in Sabarkantha district, Mr. Modi said the annual event to apprise the farmers about the latest developments in farming, irrigation, land fertility, cropping pattern and cattle rearing at their doorsteps is being celebrated as a mahotsav or festival.

Nearly one lakh government officers, employees and agricultural scientists accompany ‘krish raths' to cover all the 18,000 villages in 225 talukas in the scorching sun during the month. The festival held in cooperation with the farmers begins on the auspicious planetary confluence of ‘Akshay Tritiya' every year. This year, he said, it assumes special significance it being the state's golden jubilee year.

The Chief Minister dedicated the country's first-of-its-kind Animal Hostel, equipped with modern gadgets and management system, at Akodara.

He said the makeover in the agricultural sector began with water management, making nearly 13-lakh ha of barren land fit for farming. With the completion of Narmada Canal Project and Sujalam Sufalam Yojna, he hopes to raise the farmland by 20-lakh ha. Farmers are now taking three crops where they used to depend on the vagaries of the monsoon.

He said the State Government has accorded top priority to drinking water and water for innovative methods like sprinkler and drip irrigation, which not only saves wastage of water but also reduces soil erosion. He said that Gujarat is the only state which has given unique soil health cards to farmers to plan ahead which crop to grow in which soil condition. He congratulated the Khedbrahma APMC for its role in facilitating the use of 1,000 drip irrigation kits.

Mr. Modi exhorted the farmers to adopt more technology and value addition of agricultural produce to supplement their income. The developed nations earn fortunes by value addition of crops like castor, banana, cotton, tomato, potato and mango, exporting the value-added products to markets around the world. He said that MoUs for projects worth Rs.37,000-crore for agricultural value-addition were signed during the Vibrant Gujarat Global Investors' Summit. He wished that agriculture attains the status of an industry.

Speaking on the occasion, Agriculture Minister Dileepbhai Sanghani said the state has attained 10 per cent growth in agricultural production, courtesy krishi mahotsavs.
Education Minister Ramanlal Vora said over 8,000 check dams, 610 farm ponds have been built in the district. The Rs.550-crore Vatrak-Majum-Meshwo project is on the cards.

District Guardian Minister Jashwantsinh Bhabhor said Sabarkantha could now boast of having the country's first Animal Hostel, Kandhenu University, as it also supplies the needs of almost the entire country's cotton seeds and stands Number Three in Dairy Plant.

Minister of State for Education Jaysinh Chauhan also spoke at the inaugural function, attended by Ministers of State Pradeepsinh Jadeja, Prafulbhai Patelm Purushottam Patel, MPs and MLAs of the region, Chief Secretary A.K. Joti, Principal Secretary (Agriculture) R.K. Tripathi, Gopalak Vikas Board Chairman Sanjay Desai, among others.

Shri Modi announces Rs.100 rebate on BT cotton seeds, 5-10% rebate on other seeds sold by Gujarat Seeds Corporation

Friday: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi today announced a rebate of Rs.100 on each packet of BT cotton seeds and five to ten per cent rebate on seeds of some other kharif crops.

Inaugurating the annual Krishi Mahotsav at Akodara near Himatnagar in north Gujarat, Mr. Modi said the rebate would be on standard seeds sold by the Gujarat State Seeds Corporation (GSSC). He directed the authorities that farmers get the pure seeds in time and easily.

While the GSSC krishi raths reach the respective village, he said, each farmer would get maximum two packets of the seed at reduced prices.

The ten per cent rebate is on standard hybrid castor seed, and five per cent on tur, paddy, soyabean, til, urad and moong seeds.

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Addressing a huge rally in West Bengal’s Asansol ahead of sixth phase of assembly polls, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “TMC was broken after four phases of polls, `Didi' and `Bhatija' will be defeated by end of West Bengal elections. Voting of the fifth phase is also going on where people in large numbers are voting for the lotus flower to form the BJP government.”

“This region of Asansol has the potential to become the industrial centre of India since a long time. From bicycle to rail, from paper to steel, from aluminium to glass - people come from all across India to work in these factories. In a way, Asansol is mini India. People from all corners of India are seen here. But the misgovernance of Bengal governments affected Asansol,” said PM Modi while addressing the public meeting.

Speaking on Mamata Didi’s anti-development agenda, PM Modi stated, “Mamata Banerjee is against development of Bengal. We will work for the aspirations of the people of Bengal. New investment will come in. Bengal needs a government of double engines, not those who are stopping development. The BJP government of Bengal will implement every scheme that benefits you, which was stopped by Didi's government.”

Coming down hard at TMC supremo, the PM asserted, “Her politics is not limited to just protests, but it has crossed a dangerous limit of vengeance.” The Prime Minister also slammed Banerjee for skipping several meetings called by the Centre to discuss many key issues. He said, “In the last two meetings on Corona, the rest of the Chief Ministers came, but Didi did not. The rest of the Chief Ministers came to the Governing Council of NITI Aayog, but Didi did not. Such a huge campaign started in the country to clean river Ganga, but Didi did not even attend the meeting related to it.”

Prime Minister Modi while addressing a rally in Asansol said that on May 2, which is the day of assembly election results, Mamata Banerjee will be given the certificate of Bengal ex-chief minister by the people of the state.

Taking about the leaked audio of Mamata Banerjee, the Prime Minister remarked, “You must have heard an audio tape on what happened in Cooch Behar yesterday. The audio was of Didi doing politics after the tragic death of 5 people. In this audio, the TMC leader of Cooch Behar was being asked by Didi to organize a rally with the dead bodies of the slain.”