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Chief Minister opens 8th Agri Asia Exhibition Seminar in presence of Union Minister of State

    “Farmers need to change mind-set to adopt latest technology to live up to late Atalji’s improved slogan of ‘Jai Jawan-Jai Kisan-Jai Vigyan’”

    “Gujarat procures farm produces at higher than minimum support price; providing water, electricity and seeds to farmers”

    – Vijay Rupani                                                                                   

    Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani inaugurated the 8th Agri Asia Exhibition Seminar at Mahatma Mandir here today, expressing his happiness at knowledge house of latest farming techniques opened up at the state’s backyard.

    Speaking on the occasion, he said that farmers need to change their mind-set to adopt latest technology to double their income, even as the late former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had also added ‘Jai Vigyan’ to the slogan ‘Jai Kisan-Jai Jawan’ for maximum application of technology.

    Mr. Rupani said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has suggested several steps to help farmers double their income, like making farming a prosperous avocation, providing remunerative prices, value addition through latest fertilizers and chemicals. The Gujarat Government is also procuring farm produces at higher than Minimum Support Price (MSP) and providing water, electricity and seeds to the farmers.

    He said that Gujarat has launched a solar power scheme for farmers, Suryashakti Kisan Yojana (SKY), enabling them to generate electricity for their captive consumption as well as sell the surplus power to the grid and earn extra money.

    Kenya’s High Commissioner to India Willey Bett and Ms Bett, who were especially present during the event’s inaugural session, said that Gujarat and Kenya has old relation, besides being trading partner. Amul’s world famous dairy’s co-operative model is being adopted in several sectors in Kenya. He also took note of the Vibrant Gujarat Summit’s contribution in industrial development in the state.

    Union Minister of State for Transport, Highway and Shipping Mansukhbhai Mandavia, who was especially present at the event, said the economy of six lakhs and odd villages in India is dependent on agriculture. There is still scope for linking latest technology with farming, taking farm products to market and seaports, building roads and dedicated jetties for vegetables and fruits, and opening more food parks.

    Dairy Farmers Association Chairman and Organiser Bharat Patel stressed on low-budget, sustainable, organic farming and adopting modern technology.

    Gujarat’s Principal Secretary for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Sanjay Prasad welcomed the dignitaries.

    Prominent among those present on the occasion included Water Supply and Rural Development Minister Kunwarji Bavalia, Minister of State for Agriculture Jaydrathsinh Parmar, Minister of State for Co-operation Ishwarsinh Patel, Central Government’s Joint Secretary A. Niraja and Amul’s Chairman Ramsinh Parmar.

    Source: Information Department, Gujarat