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On the evening of Tuesday 10th September 2013 Shri Narendra Modi addressed the valedictory session of the Vibrant Gujarat Global Agriculture Summit at Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar. Shri Modi said that we should dream of filling the world’s stomach and shared his vision on the growth of agriculture sector.

Shri Modi stressed on holistic water management that can help our farmers. He said that while some parts of our nation face problems due to abundant water, the other parts face problems because they do not get much water and this is what holistic water management could solve. He recalled that when Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the Prime Minister, the Government was working on a dream of integrating the rivers. Shri Modi shared that in Gujarat, the Narmada has been integrated with over 20 rivers and a prime example is that the water flowing in the Sabarmati is actually water of the Narmada river! He opined that such things can be done on a bigger scale across the nation. “Interlinking of river water grid is what we as a nation must think about in the coming days,” stated the Chief Minister.

Valedictory session of Vibrant Gujarat Global Agriculture Summit

Likewise, Shri Modi talked about the importance of wastewater treatment and that if they reach the farmers, it can remove tension between the villages and the cities.

The Chief Minister called for integrating the youth, especially the rural youth of the nation into agriculture. He recalled his visit to an agriculture University where he noticed that out of 35 farmers he was honouring, about 25-28 were around the age of 30. He noted that changes in agriculture would help the young farmers immensely and added that it is not essential that the young farmers face the same problems as their previous generations did.

In his speech, Shri Modi also drew focus on combining agriculture with allied activities be it poultry farming, fisheries, agro-forestry etc. He also talked about seaweed cultivation in the coastal areas and the steps Gujarat has taken to promote the same. He even stressed on the importance of agro marketing linkages to help the farmer.

Shri Modi said that there are a lot of PHDs in agriculture and there is a lot of research in agriculture but that research must go into helping someone. Thus, he called for ‘lab to land’ approach and also called for compiling together all the research done on agriculture so that it can help the concerned people on the ground. Shri Modi spoke about strengthening financial networks for the farmers.

Valedictory session of Vibrant Gujarat Global Agriculture Summit

Referring to the opposition from vested interest groups who questioned the Gujarat Government’s decision to award progressive farmers from other states Shri Modi said, “Today some have questioned why Modi is giving Rs. 51,000 to farmers of other states. But, this nation is one. Do we not owe it to farmers of other states? In times of drought is it not farmers of other states who help us? Do we not thank the farmer, wherever he or she is, who fills our stomachs? We gain so much due to our farmers. No divisions must be made among farmers. We need to unite and integrate. May this land be Sujalam Sufalam.” Shri Modi pointed that while there is news of states fighting over water, Gujarat gladly gave Narmada water to Rajasthan when the state required it. “We have to help each other in this nation and that is when he will succeed,” said Shri Modi.

He also thanked the participants for attending the 2-day summit and apologized if there was any visitor faced any difficulty. Shri Modi also invited people to participate in the next edition of the Summit.

The session was attended by Cabinet Ministers of Gujarat including Finance Minister Nitinbhai Patel, Revenue Minister Anandiben Patel, Forest Minister Ganpatbhai Vasava, Sports Minister Ramanlal Vora and Ministers of State. The Agriculture Minister of Chhattisgarh attended the programme. Also present was Agriculture Secretary, Government of India Shri Ashish Bahuguna and Dr. Ayappan.

Valedictory session of Vibrant Gujarat Global Agriculture Summit

Valedictory session of Vibrant Gujarat Global Agriculture Summit

Valedictory session of Vibrant Gujarat Global Agriculture Summit

Valedictory session of Vibrant Gujarat Global Agriculture Summit

Valedictory session of Vibrant Gujarat Global Agriculture Summit

Valedictory session of Vibrant Gujarat Global Agriculture Summit

Valedictory session of Vibrant Gujarat Global Agriculture Summit

Valedictory session of Vibrant Gujarat Global Agriculture Summit

Valedictory session of Vibrant Gujarat Global Agriculture Summit

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Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and the Prime Minister of Mauritius, Mr. Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, today jointly inaugurated the Social Housing Units Project in Mauritius. This project has been implemented as part of the vibrant development partnership between India and Mauritius.  On this occasion, the two Prime Ministers also took part in a virtual foundation stone laying ceremony for two other projects – construction of a state-of-the-art Civil Service College and a 8 MW Solar PV Farm– also undertaken as part of India’s development support. The event was held via video-conference.  The event in Mauritius was held in the Mauritian PMO premises in presence of dignitaries including Cabinet Ministers and senior officials of the Government of Mauritius.

Speaking at the occasion, Prime Minister Modi highlighted the vision powering India’s development assistance – defined by the needs and priorities of our friends and respectful of sovereignty, and at the same time enhancing the well-being of the people and bolstering the capacities of the country. Prime Minister acknowledged the importance of Civil Service College project in nation building and offered to share learnings of Mission Karmayogi. Prime Minister recalled the One Sun One World One Grid (OSOWOG) initiative that he put forth at the First Assembly of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) in October 2018 and said that the 8 MW Solar PV Farm project will help mitigate the climate challenges that Mauritius faces through avoidance of 13,000 tons of CO2 emissions.

In his remarks, Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth thanked India for wide ranging assistance including financial assistance to Mauritius. He noted that under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi the relations between India and Mauritius have attained newer heights.

The Government of India in May 2016 had extended a grant of US$ 353 mn to the Government of Mauritius as Special Economic Package (SEP) to execute five priority projects identified by Government of Mauritius, among others.  These were: the Metro Express Project, Supreme Court Building, New ENT Hospital, Supply of Digital Tablets to Primary School Children, and the Social Housing Project.  With the inauguration of the Social Housing Project today, all the high profile projects under the SEP have been implemented.

The Civil Service College project, located in Reduit, is being financed through a grant support of US$ 4.74 million, under an MoU signed in 2017 during the visit of Prime Minister of Mauritius Pravind Jugnauth to India. Once constructed, this will provide a fully equipped and functional facility for the civil servants of Mauritius to undertake various training and skill development programme.  It will further strengthen institutional linkages with India.

The 8 MW Solar PV Farm project involves the installation of 25,000 PV cells to generate approximately 14 GWh of green energy annually, to electrify approximately 10,000 Mauritian households with an estimated avoidance of 13,000 tons of CO2 emissions every year, helping Mauritius mitigate the effects of climate change.

Today’s ceremony included exchange of two key bilateral agreements: Agreement for the extension of USD 190 million Line of Credit from the Government of India to the Government of Mauritius for the Metro Express and other infrastructure projects and MoU on the Implementation of Small Development Projects.

Despite the challenges posed by Covid-19, India-Mauritius Development Partnership projects have progressed rapidly. In 2019, Prime Minister Modi and the Prime Minister Jugnauth had jointly inaugurated the Metro Express project and the New ENT Hospital in Mauritius in virtual mode. Likewise, in July 2020, the new Supreme Court Building of Mauritius was also inaugurated virtually by the two Prime Ministers.

India and Mauritius share close ties anchored in our common history, ancestry, culture and language. This is reflected in the privileged development partnership between our two countries, with Mauritius being a key development partner for India in the Indian Ocean Region. Today’s event, in line with the spirit of ‘Sabka Sath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas, Sabka Prayas’, marks yet another milestone in this successful, time-tested partnership.

 

 

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