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Gujarat CM attends Krishi Mahotsav at Dantiwada Agricultural University in Banaskantha

Gujarat CM Smt. Anandiben Patel attended Krishi Mahotsav at Dantiwada Agricultural University in Banaskantha today. On the occasion CM Smt. Patel said that since the past 10 years Krishi Mahotsav are being organized in the state and as a result farmers have started adopting a scientific and modern approach in place of conventional farming techniques which has made it possible for the agricultural growth rate to increase from 2% to 12%.

CM Smt. Patel talked about the adverse effects of global warming on rain cycles which lead to water shortage for farmers. In this regard, CM Smt. Patel informed that since the past 10-12 years the government has made efforts to increase the supply of water like deepening of reservoirs and lakes. Moreover, farmers also face the problem of finding markets to sell their produce, and as a result, the government in an attempt to raise the returns obtained by farmers and help them sell their produce recently unveiled Center for perishable cargo at Ahmedabad Airport. The center would process, package and certify agricultural produce on the spot and thus make it easier for farmers to store and export it to countries like USA, UK, Australia etc.

Talking about the need to conserve water and use it sparingly, CM Smt. Patel laid stress on employing methods like drip irrigation which promotes less usage of water and also leads to higher crop output. She further added that drip irrigation is now being employed in over 12 lakh hectares of land in the state and the government aims to employ it in 3 lakh more hectares of land in the current year. She also said that it gives her great happiness and pride to know that Banaskantha district has the highest usage of Drip irrigation in the entire state. Moreover, she added that in order to save farmlands from being used for construction of canals, the government had undertaken the construction of Sub-minor canals using pipelines. 50% work of constructing such sub-minor canals has already been completed and the remaining work will be finished in the coming 1-1.5 years.

CM Smt. Patel while informing about the increasing demand for organic products said that farmers should adopt the trend and shift towards organic farming as it would lead to sustainable farming and also increase their incomes through exports. She also informed about the recently introduced Agro Business Policy which aims to give the same benefits as that of MSMEs to Agriculture and agro-based industries in addition to providing subsidies in freight charges for exporting agricultural products. CM Smt. Patel also urged farmers to educate themselves about the various initiatives launched by the government for the welfare of farmers so that they can take maximum benefits of such initiatives and schemes. Keeping the welfare of people in mind, CM Smt. Patel announced that the government has decided to increase the assistance provided to widows and families from Rs. 1 lakh to Rs. 4 lakh in the case of death of a farmer due to agriculture-related accidents. Also, same assistance would be applicable in the case of death of a human by wild animals like lions, cheetahs etc. If cattle get killed by animals then proper assistance as per STRF standards would be applicable.

CM Smt. Patel informed that the government would also assist farmers in getting loans and they would only have to pay 1% interest for loans up to Rs. 3 lakh. Talking about the issue of lack of fertilizers faced by farmers during peak season, CM Smt. Patel said that the government has made the color of fertilizers different as per its application so that agricultural fertilizer is not sold to outside sources for some other purposes. Moreover, fertilizer stock of over 2 lakh tons has been stored in advance at 50 storage centers across the state so that farmers do not have to face this issue again.

CM Smt. Patel said that not only economic development but also healthcare of citizens is an important concern for the government and informed about the various initiatives undertaken in this direction like free treatment and screening of breast and cervical cancer in women, ensuring adequate and nutritious food for children suffering from malnutrition etc. She also informed that a new policy will soon be announced ensuring proper health care of children right from the time they are born till they become 18 years old.

Talking about developing road infrastructure inside villages and leading to villages, CM Smt. Patel informed that previously not all requirements of road construction could be fulfilled because of budgetary limitations, but in the current year’s budget, the government has allocated 2500 crore specifically for constructing roads in villages and in the coming three years a total of Rs. 10000 crore will be allocated for the same purpose.

In a very important announcement for farmers all across the state, CM Smt. Patel informed that starting from tomorrow, water would be released in the canals of Narmada and would continue till the arrival of rains.

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