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CM addresses State Level Workshop of Agro Forestry Based Farmer Producer Organizations at Mahatma Mandir

    Forest-Environment Minister Shri Mulubhai Bera and Minister of State Shri Mukesh Patel Joined on the occasion

    Lets adopt environment friendly life style in routine life and develop a balanced manner with environment protection: CM

    Government stands by the farmers involved in agroforestry: CM

    Gandhinagar, Tuesday: Gujarat Chief Minister Shri Bhupendra Patel inaugurated Agro Forestry Based FPO Workshop organized by the Forest Department at Mahatma Mandir on the occasion of International Forest Day on March 21. He called for balanced development in every sector with the idea of environment by adopting environment friendly lifestyle in routine life.

    Let us all realize the concept of Mission Life which has been given by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi by making sensible use of energy, water, etc., minimum use of plastic and conservation of nature as a way of life.

    This workshop was organized with the aim of realizing the target given by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi to establish 10 thousand Agro Forestry based ‘Farmer Producer Organizations’ – FPO across the country. Forest and Environment Minister Shri Mulubhai Bera and Minister of State Shri Mukeshbhai Patel also participated in this workshop.

    The theme of this year’s International Forest Day celebration is ‘Forest and Health’ in that context the Chief Minister clearly stated that, deforestation has changed the entire seasonal cycle on Earth. Unseasonal rainfall, extreme heat, high temperature, global warming and climate change affect the health and well-being of human life.

    Against this problem of climate change, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has started the first climate change department in the country in Gujarat with this vision. Not only this, he has also advocated green growth for environment-friendly, sustainable development in this year’s Union Budget.

    Following this idea of the Prime Minister, Gujarat has also planned to spend two lakh crore rupees for the next five years for green growth in this year’s budget. With the creation of 20 urban forests in the urban areas of the state, the scope of agro forestry is expanded to cover an area of 5750 square kilometers in the coming years. Organizing such a workshop on the International Day of Forests was applauded to provide advanced guidance to farmers.

    The Chief Minister also stated that the state government will stand by the farmers involved in agro-forestry. He also outlined the climate change working group meeting to be held in Gujarat under the visionary leadership of the Prime Minister.

    CM handed over the farmers doing tree-based farming in Gujarat by giving certificates. In which farmer Mr. Dineshbhai Patel of Antroli village of Kheda district, Mr. Sagunaben Bhaludia of Verad village of Devbhoomi Dwarka, Mr. Girishbhai Patel of Bharathan village of Bharuch, Mr. Mahendrabhai Patel of Parujan village of Navsari and Mr. Gamanbhai Patel of Bhadarpada village of Dang district were honored with certificates.

    The short film ‘Mission Life’ prepared by the Forest Department was unveiled by the Chief Minister to give more impetus to Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s vision ‘Mission Life Abhiyan’.

    A one-day workshop of Agro Forestry Based Farmer Producer Organizations has been organized with the objective of doubling the income of farmers from tree based farming in Gujarat and preserving the environment through public participation.

    While around 36000 trees are being saved through the formation of 78 FPOs in Gujarat, on the occasion of ‘International Forest Day’, an MOU was signed between Bharuch Kisan Agro Producer Company and Shreeji Corporation for preparation of Nilgiri seedlings and development of various technologies in this field.

    Progressive farmers associated with Bharuch State Farmers Producers Organizations – FPO shared their experiences on tree based agriculture on the occasion.

    Senior Chief Conservator of Forest Shri SK Chaturvedi delivered vote of thanks.

    The program was attended by high officials-officers of the Forest Department, representatives of various NGOs affiliated to the Farmers Producers Organizations, farmers engaged in tree-based agriculture in different regions of Gujarat.

    Source: Information Department, Gujarat