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Gujarat CM Dedicates Center for Perishable Cargo at Ahmedabad Airport

Guj CM Smt. Anandiben Patel dedicated Center for Perishable Cargo at Ahmedabad Airport today. Speaking on the occasion, Smt. Patel informed about the state wide Krushi Mahotsav which began yesterday. CM Smt. Patel expressed her concern for the welfare of farmers and regretted the current situation wherein farmers are facing financial crisis due to dwindling incomes and profits. Talking about the need to make farming more enticing by introducing novelty and increasing the returns, CM Smt. Patel informed about the newly unveiled Center for Perishable Cargo which would increase the value of agricultural produce and provide big benefits to farmers exporting their produce out of Gujarat.

CM Smt. Patel asserted that the BJP led Gujarat government decided to make the confluence of science and agriculture a reality back in 2001. The modern Perishable Cargo Complex which has different temperature chambers to store agricultural produce like fruits, vegetables, etc. which gets perished fast is one of the best example of the government’s commitment towards the confluence of science and agriculture. The storage center has 4 cold storage chambers with different temperatures and is capable of maintaining temperatures between -20o C to +15o C. Using this facility, farmers and Agricultural industrialists of Gujarat will be able to increase their incomes by exporting agricultural produce and food items to countries like America, U.K., Russia, France, Germany, Europe, Singapore, UAE and other Gulf countries. The construction of this complex having annual capacity of 14600 metric tonnes is a major step towards making farmer of Gujarat, a ‘Global Farmer’.

CM Smt. Patel also said that Krushi Mahotsav which was organized for the first time in 2005 has facilitated welfare of farmers through various measure including the confluence of government’s initiatives, guidance of Agricultural scientists and the willingness of farmers to incorporate science into agriculture. Moreover, initiatives like water conservation and irrigation, guidance through soil health card, good quality seeds, tissue culture, spread of greenhouse and crop diversification has led to a many fold increase in agriculture incomes. Also, she further added that Gujarat comes at the top among all other states of the nation in production of cotton, Isabgul, castor and cumin.

CM Smt. Patel informed that all stakeholders were briefed about Gujarat Government’s push to Agro & Food Processing Units through Agro Business Policy launched yesterday. CM Smt. Patel urged all to study the agro policy and make a collective effort to increase the income of farmers. She advocated the need to help farmers increase their incomes and educate them about the benefits available to them under this policy. Moreover, she added that the Gujarat government has decided to use technology to solve issues of farmers. Through this policy the government wishes to help the farmers of Gujarat gain credibility for producing quality crops.

Benefits to farmers under the Agro Business Policy 2016-21

Assistance of Capital Investment Subsidy for Agro and Food Processing Units

Capital Investment Subsidy @25% of eligible project cost subject to maximum Rs 50.00 lakhs for setting up/expansion & diversification/modernization.

Assistance for Capital Investment Subsidy for Cold Chain, Food Irradiation Processing Plants & Pack Houses

Capital Investment Subsidy @25% of eligible project cost subject to maximum Rs 500.00 lakhs

Scheme for Financial Assistance to MSMEs for Freight Subsidy for exports

Assistance for skill Enhancement of employees

Assistance of Capital Subsidy for Creating Primary Processing Centers/Collection centers in Rural Areas

Assistance of Back Ended Interest Subsidy on the Term Loan for Agro and Food Processing Units

Back Ended Interest Subsidy @7.5% on the Term Loan with maximum amount of Rs. 150.0 lakhs for a period of 5 years for setting up/expansion & diversification/ modernization of Agro and Food Processing Units

Assistance of Back Ended Interest Subsidy on the Term Loan for Agro and Food Processing Infrastructural Projects

Back Ended Interest subsidy @7.5% on the Term Loan with maximum amount of Rs 400.0 lakhs for a period of 5 years for setting up Infrastructure Project in Agro & Food Processing Sector such as CA cold storages, Food irradiation Processing Plants, Silos, Pack houses, Food Parks, Reefer Vans etc

 
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