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Gujarat has created pre-harvest and post-harvest infrastructure for farm sector, farming not left to vagaries of climatic: Narendra Modi 

Chief Minister Narendra Modi todaysaid that Gujarat has created the right infrastructure for the agriculture sector for optimum utilization of the agro-climatic, soiland other factors. The farmers are no more left to the vagaries and uncertainties of the climate. TheannualKrishi Mahotsav being held across the state for the last eight years is also a gigantic stepin this direction.

Talking to farmers across the state on the occasion of Krishi Mahotsav-2012 through videoconferencing, he said the steps undertaken by the state government include preparations for land, water, seeds, fertilizers, sowing to harvesting, laying roads and marketing of agriculture produce to exporting. 

While the nation’s agriculture growth is stuck at 3 per cent, he said, it was no miracle that Gujarat achieved 11 per cent growth. It was due to sustained efforts of the government for the last several years in creating the right ambiance and immaculate planning. The most important factor that worked in the exponential growth of farm sector in the state is according the status of serious economic activity.

Mr. Modi listed land preparation and deciding crop pattern as per agro-climatic zones, water conservation, water shed development, controlling brackish water, robust market, chain of godowns and cold storages as some of the other major steps.

He said that increasing the productivity of crops (production per unit of land) and production of cash crops with higher returns, making available the latest advancements in farm research to the farmers, providing electricity at the right time at minimum possible cost have been the concern of the government. The electricity board has set up about 175 sub-stations to check frequent tripping of transformers due to fluctuations in voltage and other irregularities. 

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For the first time, farmers of West Bengal will benefit from this scheme
Wheat procurement at MSP has set new records this year
Government is fighting COVID-19 with all its might

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi released 8th instalment of financial benefit of Rs 2,06,67,75,66,000 to 9,50,67,601 beneficiary farmers under Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) scheme today via video conferencing. Prime Minister also interacted with farmer beneficiaries during the event. Union Agriculture Minister was also present on the occasion.

While interacting with beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) scheme via video conferencing, Prime Minister appreciated Arvind from Unnao in Uttar Pradesh for providing training to young farmers of his region on organic farming and new farming techniques. He lauded Patrick from Car Nicobar in Andaman and Nicobar Islands for doing large-scale organic farming. He praised the efforts taken by N Vennurama from Anantapur in Andhra Pradesh for guiding more than 170 adivasi farmers of her region. PM appreciated Revistar from Meghalaya for producing spices like Ginger powder, turmeric, cinnamon, etc in the hilly areas of Meghalaya. He also interacted with Khurshid Ahmed from Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir who cultivates vegetables like capsicum, green chillies and cucumber organically.

Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minsiter said for the first time, the farmers of West Bengal would be getting the benefit of this scheme. He lauded the efforts of the farmers who have made record produce in food grains and horticulture amidst the difficulties during this pandemic. He said Government is also setting new records in procurement at MSP every year. Paddy procurement at MSP had set new records and now wheat procurement at MSP is also setting new records. He added that so far this year, about 10 percent more wheat has been procured at MSP, compared to last year. So far, about Rs. 58,000 crores for wheat procurement has reached the farmers' account directly.

Prime Minister remarked that the Government is constantly trying to provide new solutions and new options in farming. Promoting organic farming is also one of such effort. Organic farming delivers more profit and is now being practiced across the nation by young farmers. He said that now organic farming is being practised on both banks of Ganga and within a radius of about 5 kilometers, so that the Ganga remains clean.

Prime Minister stressed that during this COVID-19 pandemic, Kisan Credit Card’s deadline has been extended and instalments can now be renewed by 30 June. He said more than 2 crore Kisan Credit Cards have been issued in recent years.

Prime Minister said that this once in a century pandemic is challenging the world, as it is an invisible enemy in front of us. He said the Government is fighting COVID-19 with all its might and ensuring that every government department is working day & night to ease the pain of the nation.

Prime Minister remarked that Central Government and all the State Governments together, are making continuous efforts to enable more and more countrymen to get vaccinated at a rapid pace. He said so far, around 18 crore vaccine doses have been given across the country. Free vaccination is being done in government hospitals across the country. Prime Minsiter urged everyone to register for the vaccine when their turn comes and ensure covid appropriate behaviour at all times. He added that this vaccine is an important means of protection against corona and will reduce the risk of serious illness.

Prime Minister said Armed forces are working with full strength to ensure oxygen supply in these tough times. Railways are also running oxygen express trains. The pharma sector of the country is manufacturing and delivering medicines at a large scale. He requested the State Governments to ensure strict laws to counter black marketing of medicines and medical supplies.

Prime Minister remarked that India is not a nation that loses hope in tough times and hoped that this challenge would be overcome with strength & dedication. He warned about the spread of COVID-19 in rural areas as well and urged the village panchayats to ensure proper awareness and sanitation in their respective areas.