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Gujarat CM Dedicates Office of Gujarat State Agricultural Market Board at Gandhinagar

Guj CM Smt. Anandiben Patel inaugurated the newly constructed office of the Gujarat State Agricultural Market Board in Gandhinagar today. Speaking on the occasion, CM Smt. Patel explained the need for value addition in order to export the agricultural produce of farmers of Gujarat to global markets.

She expressed her confidence that the state’s new Agro Business Policy will provide guidance in this matter. In order to strengthen the rural agricultural economy, CM Smt. Patel urged organizations like the Agricultural Market Board and Agricultural produce cooperative societies to organize various programs including awareness campaigns to ensure that every farmer of the state including those living in remote tribal regions are aware of the schemes and initiatives launched by the government for the development of agriculture and animal husbandry in the state. This would pave the way for financial prosperity of farmers, CM Smt. Patel added.

CM Smt. Patel praising the hard work of farmers said that farmers of our state are very hard working and if they receive some encouragement and help from the state government as well as from cooperative societies then they have the capability to take their farming to the global level.

CM Smt. Patel also announced that to enable the farmers of the state to sell their produce in the global market online, the state government will also adopt the policy implemented by the central government for the same purpose.

Talking about the effectiveness of Krishi Mahotsav, CM Smt. Patel said that the concept of Krishi Mahotsav which was introduced one and a half decade ago has prompted increased use of vermicompost fertilizers by farmers and their families leading to an increased focus on organic farming which would lead to better health as well as environment friendly farming. Also, drip irrigation is now being used in over 92 lakh hectares thus saving lakhs of liters of water.

Talking about providing an environment which promotes the development of farmers of tribal regions by helping them change their conventional methods of farming and adopt modern approaches, CM Smt. Patel gave the example of the tribal women of Chhota Udepur who were provided with various assistance like air conditioned storage facility, transportation aid and interest subsidy to help in their endeavor of collecting materials from forests which are then used for coloring fabrics.

On this occasion, various Agricultural Produce Market Committees handed over a cheque of Rs. 1,11,111 to the Chief Minister for her Kanya Kelavani Fund.

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