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Gujarat CM emphasizes on improving crop quality on the inauguration of ‘Center of Excellence for Vegetables’ at Vadrad in Sabarkantha

Gujarat Chief Minister inaugurated Center of Excellence for Protected Cultivation & Precision Farming developed at the cost of Rs. 12 crore under Indo-Israel Work plan by the National Horticulture Mission and Department of Horticulture at Vadrad in Prantij taluka of Sabarkantha today in the morning in presence of Israeli Ambassador to India Mr. Daniel Carmon.

On this occasion, CM Smt Patel recalled the Vibrant Gujarat Agro Summit held a couple of years back in Gandhinagar and stated that this centre is the result of the MoU signed between the State Government, Central Government and Israel during the summit.

Talking about the impact of rainfall variation on agriculture, CM Smt Patel appealed to the state farmers to adopt drip and sprinkler irrigation system of Israel for efficient use of every drop of water. She also emphasized on learning lesson of public hygiene and cleanliness from the other developed countries.

CM Smt Patel shared that the Plug Nursery having annual capacity of producing 45 lakh seedlings that has over 90% survival rate and these better quality seedlings which will be given to farmers at the token rate of Rs. 1 only which can be transplanted in the fields for better agro production.

Talking about this first Centre of Excellence of Gujarat, she shared that it will have 20 net houses for demonstration and training of best practices in horticulture. She announced that two more such Centres of Excellence are being setup at Junagadh and Kutch. I am sure this will prove to be a landmark step for horticulture sector in the state and this successful example of Israeli technology transfer will improve farm income in Gujarat, she added.

Talking about the organic farming, CM Smt Patel stated that growth in organic food market is witnessed following increasing health consciousness of the urban consumers. She urged farmers to adopt organic farming to cultivate high quality fruits and vegetables and promised to provide certification, marketing and infrastructural facilities for their organic products. She also talked about the benefits of creating internal supply system for economical production and employment opportunities. She also mentioned about Krishi Rath Yatra, a novel initiative of the state government to educate farmers.

CM Smt Patel talked about various health and welfare schemes of the state government and appealed everybody to take benefit of this.

On this occasion, CM Smt Patel launched a book ‘Digital Sabarkantha’ and a handbook of horticulture. She also distributed cheques and kits to the beneficiaries.

Union Minister of State for Agriculture Shri Mohanbhai Kundariya, Gujarat Agriculture Minister Shri Babubhai Bokhiria, State Agriculture Minister Shri Jasabhai Barad, MP Shri Dipsinh Rathod, District Panchayat President Smt. Shantaben Patel, Chairperson of Gujarat Tribal Devl. Corporation Smt. Ramilaben Bara, Chairman of Gujarat Agro Industries Corporation Shri Babubhai Jebaliya, Sabarkantha District BJP President Shri Prithviraj Patel, GCMMF Chairman Shri Jethabhai Patel, MLAs, senior government officers, social leaders, other dignitaries and farmers in large number remained present on this occasion.

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