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Month-long Krishi Mahotsav concludes CM interacts with farmers via video conference

Krishi Mahotsav-2012 highlights 
  • Assistance worth Rs.720 cr to 15.17 lakh farmers during 25 days
  • 4400 Krishi Rath visited 225 taluka and 4397 village clusters and acquainted farmers with the scientific methods of farming
  • 3.75 lakh kits for agriculture, horticulture, animal husbandry distributed
  • Farmers given assistance for purchasing 11,000 tractors and 34,000 rotavators
  • CM interacted with over one crore farmers via video conference which he held almost everyday throughout the Mahotsav
  • Around one lakh government officials, agro-scientists and experts visited villages to give helpful in formation about farming to the farmers
  • 3.5 lakh soil specimens tested in laboratory
  •  2.75 lakh soil health card given to the farmers
  • Vaccination to40 lakh animals, 4.5 lakh animals treated for various diseases
 

Announcing the conclusion of state’s month-long agricultural fest ‘Krishi Mahotsav’ today Chief Minister Narendra Modi said the Krishi Mahotsav has become instrumental in giving a boost to the agriculture sector of the nation and in attracting accolade for the state’s green revolution.

The Chief Minister was talking to the farmers via video conferencing. Throughout the Krishi Mahotsav the Chief Minister interacted with around one crore farmers of the state via video conference, which he used to held almost every evening.

Chief Minister announced that an assistance of worth Rs.720 crore has been given to around 15.17 lakh famers in 25 days during this eighth Krishi Mahotsav. Assistance for purchasing 11,000 tractors and 34,00 rotavators was also given to the farmers during Krishi Mahotsav.

Chief Minister credited the success of Krishi Mahotsav to the lakhs of hard-working farmers and the faith they put on the state government. He lauded the efforts of around one lakh government officials, agro-scientists and experts who visited 225 talukas and 4397 village clusters with 4400 Krishi Raths and acquainted the farmers with the scientific methods of farming. He also praised the marginal farmers and tribal women who initiated the task of seed production.

He said that this Krishi Mahotsav proved immensely beneficial as the state government linked it with the animal husbandry. Around 3.5 lakh soil specimens were tested in laboratory and 2.75 lakh soil health cards were given. In about 4175 cattle health fairs 40 lakh animals were vaccinated and around 4.5 lakh animals were given treatment for various diseases, he said.

Krishi Mahotsav has proved as the best convergence of planning and manpower, he said. He called upon farmers to cover entire Gujarat under drip irrigation method and yield a record-making produce in the country.

Chief Minister said the state government has undertaken a survey related to micronutrients in soil which will cover all the villages of the state. So, far the surveying work is on the verge of completion in around 9,000 villages, he added.

Mr.Modi exuded faith that this year too the monsoon will remain beneficial to the farmers and that they will get bumper production.

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INDIA-EU LEADERS' MEETING
May 08, 2021
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At the invitation of the President of the European Council Mr. Charles Michel, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi participated in the India-EU Leaders’ Meeting today.

The meeting was held in a hybrid format with the participation of leaders of all the 27 EU Member States as well as the President of the European Council and the European Commission. This is the first time that the EU hosted a meeting with India in the EU+27 format. The meeting was the initiative of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

During the meeting, the leaders expressed their desire to further strengthen the India-EU Strategic Partnership based on a shared commitment to democracy, fundamental freedoms, rule of law and multilateralism. They exchanged views on three key thematic areas: i) foreign policy and security; ii) COVID-19, climate and environment; and iii) trade, connectivity and technology. They discussed forging closer cooperation on combating the COVID-19 pandemic and economic recovery, tackling climate change, and reforming multilateral institutions. India appreciated the prompt assistance provided by the EU and its member states to combat its second COVID wave.

The leaders welcomed the decision to resume negotiations for balanced and comprehensive free trade and investment agreements. Negotiations on both the Trade and Investment Agreements will be pursued on parallel tracks with an intention to achieve early conclusion of both agreements together. This is a major outcome which will enable the two sides to realise the full potential of the economic partnership. India and the EU also announced dedicated dialogues on WTO issues, regulatory cooperation, market access issues and supply chain resilience, demonstrating the desire to deepen and further diversify economic engagement.

India and the EU launched an ambitious and comprehensive ‘Connectivity Partnership’ which is focused on enhancing digital, energy, transport and people-to-people connectivity. The Partnership is based on the shared principles of social, economic, fiscal, climate and environmental sustainability, and respect for international law and commitments. The Partnership will catalyse private and public financing for connectivity projects. It will also foster new synergies for supporting connectivity initiatives in third countries, including in the Indo-Pacific.

India and the EU leaders reiterated their commitment to achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement and agreed to strengthen joint efforts for mitigation, adaptation and resilience to the impacts of climate change, as well as providing means of implementation including finance in the context of COP26. India welcomed the EU’s decision to join CDRI.

India and the EU also agreed to enhance bilateral cooperation on digital and emerging technologies such as 5G, AI, Quantum and High-Performance Computing including through the early operationalization of the Joint Task Force on AI and the Digital Investment Forum.

The leaders noted with satisfaction the growing convergences on regional and global issues, including counterterrorism, cybersecurity and maritime cooperation. The leaders acknowledged the importance of a free, open, inclusive and rules-based Indo-Pacific and agreed to closely engage in the region, including in the context of India’s Indo-Pacific Ocean’s Initiative and the EU’s new strategy on the Indo-Pacific.

Coinciding with the Leaders’ Meeting, an India-EU Business Roundtable was organised to highlight the avenues for cooperation in climate, digital and healthcare. A finance contract of Euro 150 million for the Pune Metro Rail Project was signed by the Ministry of Finance, Government of India, and European Investment Bank.

India-EU Leaders Meeting has set a significant milestone by providing a new direction to the Strategic Partnership and giving a fresh impetus for implementing the ambitious India-EU Roadmap 2025 adopted at the 15th India-EU Summit held in July 2020.