Gujarat encourages organic farming and compost: CM

Published By : Admin | May 15, 2012 | 21:26 IST
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Gujarat CM talks to farmers during Krish Mahotsav through videoconferencing

Centre deprives Gujarat its quota of chemical fertilizers; Gujarat encourages organic farming and compost: Narendra Modi

Ahmedabad, Tuesday: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi today asked the farmers to adopt organic farming and greater use of organic fertilizers in the wake of rising global demand for organic crops.

Talking to farmers on the occasion of Krishi Mahotsav-2012 through videoconferencing, he said that farmers are being told how to prepare organic compost fertilizers from the bacteria that thrive in the moisture injected into the soil through drip irrigation.

He said that crops need 17 inputs, like water and fertilizers. He advocated optimum use of fertilizers, besides other inputs. He said that distribution of soil health cards have also helped farmers choose the right crop for maximum output in given soil and climate conditions. This way, he said, the government has saved crores of rupees on fertilizers.

Referring to the Centre’s selective anti-Gujarat policies, the Chief Minister said the Centre has so far allotted just four lakh tons of fertilizers during the current year as against six lakh tons. The state has received 30,000 tons less urea and 1.25-lakh tons less DAP. However, he said, the State Government created a fund of Rs.20-crore to let three government companies procure fertilizers from other sources to fill in the gap.

He said that the Centre has also reduced the subsidy on fertilizers by Rs.6,000 per ton, which was earlier Rs.19,800 per ton. He regretted that Centre could not check global fertilizer manufacturers’ carteland instead punish Indian farmers. The centre failed to increase fertilizer production also, particularly that of DAP by importing potash from countries having rock potash.

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PM to also interact with delegates participating in the Kautilya Economic Conclave

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will attend the first ‘Arun Jaitley Memorial Lecture’ (AJML) on 8th July, 2022 at 6:30 PM at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi. Prime Minister will also address the gathering during the event.

The keynote address at the first AJML will be delivered by Mr. Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Senior Minister, Government of Singapore, on “Growth through Inclusivity, Inclusivity through Growth’. The lecture will be followed by a panel discussion by Mr. Mathias Cormann (OECD Secretary-General) and Shri Arvind Panagariya (Professor, Columbia University).

Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance has organised the first ‘Arun Jaitley Memorial Lecture’ in recognition of Shri Arun Jaitley’s invaluable contribution to the nation.

Prime Minister will also interact with the delegates participating in the Kautilya Economic Conclave (KEC), a three day event being organised from 8th to 10th July. Eminent economists with which the Prime Minister will meet include Ms Anne Krueger, John Hopkins University; Mr Nicholas Stern, London School of Economics; Mr Robert Lawrence, Harvard Kennedy School; Mr. John Lipsky, former acting Managing director, IMF; Shri Junaid Ahmed, World Bank country director for India, among others. KEC is being organised by the Institute of Economic Growth with support from the Ministry of Finance.