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"The plant set up at the cost of Rs.140 crore will produce 1000 ton of cattle feed per day"
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"CM criticizes the Centre’s anti-farmer policies"
"Gujarat eradicates 121 animal diseases, will provide orthopedic treatment to the animals"

Chief Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated Asia’s biggest cattle feed factory – Katarava Cattle Feed Plant – managed by the north Gujarat’s Banas dairy today. The plant, having capacity of producing 1000 ton of cattle feed per day, has been set up by the Banas dairy at the cost of Rs.140 crore.

Cattle breeders and farmer families across the Banaskantha district thronged the venue despite the high temperature. On the occasion the Chief Minister expressed resolve to put Gujarat on the forefront in the field of dairy and animal husbandry.

Greeting the people on the occasion Mr Modi said the farmers of Banaskantha has earned proud to Gujarat in the field of milk production besides in agriculture, as they are getting benefits of Narmada water and Sujalam Sufalam Yojana.

He gave outlines of the state government’s mechanism for providing nutritional fodder to the animals, increasing their milk productivity and taking care of their health.

The chief minister said the milk collection in Banas dairy has increased from 3.5 lakh liters in 2001 to 35 lakh liters now. “Is this not development? But it’s futile to expect that those who defame Gujarat by spreading lies will ever change their mindset. The people of Gujarat has already taught them lesson”, he said.

Mr Modi said that people have ignored the jalyatra took out by the Opposition leaders as it was meant for stirring up the sentiments of the farmers of Saurashtra in the name of water. People have full faith on the state government’s efforts of providing Narmada water. “People across villages did not support the Congress’s jalyatra. But these people have trust on the present government as it has focused on water rather than electricity and encouraged farmers to use drip irrigation for yielding higher production”, he said.

He called upon farmers to bring the Banaskantha district on the top in the country in using drip irrigation.

Chief Minister said the Gujarat government has organized over 30,000 cattle health fair and eradicated about 121 cattle diseases. The government has also provided dental treatment to the animals and done their cataract operations. “Now the animals will be given orthopedic treatments too”, he said. Due to the cattle health initiatives the milk production has increased by a record 68%, he added.

Criticizing the Centre’s anti-farmer policy Mr Modi said that Gujarat has initiated in the direction of milk storage by setting up bulk milk chilling plant, while crores of tons of food grains getting rotten in the central government’s godowns because of lake of proper storage facilities, despite the fact that food grains can be stored for a longer time than the milk. Even as the Supreme Court has issued order for immediately distributing these food grains to the poor, this stock has been sold to liquor making factories at trifle prices, he said.

The Chief Minister also spoke about the state-wide Krishi Mahotsav, which will take place from the next day of Akhatrij, and the International Agri-tech festival which will be organized biennially from the year 2014 with a view to acquaint farmers with the best innovations in the field of agro-technology.

Minister in-charge for Banaskantha and the finance minister Nitin Patel, Agriculture and Animal Husbandry Minister Babubhai Bokhiriya, Minister of State for Health Parbat Patel, Minister of State for Animal Husbandry Liladhar Vghela, MLA Shankar Chaudhary and the Chairman of National Dairy Development Board Dr Amruta Patel gave details of the development in the field of agriculture, water management and rural development that took place during last decade under the leadership of Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

Banas dairy Chairman Parathibhai Bhatol welcomed the Chief Minister and the invitees and gave outlines of the cattle-feed plant.

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PM interacts with leaders of pharma industry
April 19, 2021
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PM Modi appreciates the crucial role of the pharma sector in the fight against the pandemic
It is because of the efforts of the pharma industry that today India is identified as ‘pharmacy of world’: PM Modi
Despite all the challenges, the Indian pharma industry has also registered a growth of 18 percent in exports last year, which shows its potential: PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with leaders of pharmaceutical industry via video conferencing. The Prime Minister appreciated the crucial role of the pharma sector in the fight against the pandemic.

PM Modi appreciated the way the pharma industry is working even in such trying conditions.

PM Modi remarked that it is because of the efforts of the pharma industry that today India is identified as ‘pharmacy of world’. He said essential medicines were made available to more than 150 countries around the world during the pandemic. The Prime Minister stated that despite all the challenges, the Indian pharma industry has also registered a growth of 18 percent in exports last year, which shows its potential.

Noting the second wave of the virus and rising number of cases, PM Modi commended the pharma industry for their efforts to increase production of several necessary drugs. He appreciated them for reducing the price of injections like Remdesivir. To keep the supply of medicines and essential medical equipment going smoothly, PM Modi urged the pharma industry to ensure seamless supply chains. PM Modi also extended government’s support for facilities like Logistics and Transportation.

He urged the industry to conduct more and more researches on threats which can occur in the future along with Covid. This, he said, would help us take the lead in combating the virus.

Seeking cooperation from the pharma industry, PM Modi assured that government is undertaking reforms for new drugs and regulatory processes.

The leaders of the Pharma industry appreciated the proactive help & support received from the Government. They highlighted the efforts made over the last one year in ensuring availability of drugs keeping manufacturing and logistics operational. Operations at the pharma hubs for manufacturing, transportation, logistics and ancillary services are being maintained at optimum levels. The participants also share inputs on the measures being undertaken to meet the overall medicine demand in the country despite the unprecedented increase in demand for some drugs  the COVID Treatment Protocol.

The meeting was also attended by Union Health Minister Shri Harsh Vardhan, MoS (Health) Shri Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Union Minister Chemical and Fertilizer Shri D.V. Sadananda Gowda, MoS (C&F) Mansukh Mandaviya, Principal Secretary to PM, Dr V K Paul Member (H) NITI Aayog, Cabinet Secretary, Union Health Secretary, Union Pharmaceutical Secretary, Dr Balram Bharagava, DG ICMR, amongst other officers from Ministries / Departments of Central Government.