Chief Minister Shri Bhupendra Patel:
Gandhinagar, Thursday: Chief Minister Shri Bhupendra Patel virtually laid foundation stone of 3 Centers of Excellence for Horticulture and 4 Primary Processing Centers in the state from Dhrol, Jamnagar. The Chief Minister has decided to build these centers with the motive of increasing the income of farmers by creating a value chain of horticultural crops in the state.
Under this, Centers of Excellence for Horticulture will be established in Ahmedabad, Jamnagar and Kheda and primary processing centers will be established in Banaskantha, Kutch, Jamnagar, Navsari and Panchmahal districts. The Chief Minister has also launched 3 new schemes in the state namely Assistance Program for Planting Kamalam Fruit, Comprehensive Horticulture Development Program and Mission Madhmakhi Karyakram.
Under the assistance program, ordinary farmers cultivating Kamalam fruit will get a maximum of Rs. 3 lakh assiatnce per hectare and SC/ST farmers will receive a maximum of Rs. 4.50 lakh assistance per hectare.
A comprehensive horticulture development program has been implemented to help the farmers of Gujarat to plant perennial fruit crops on a commercial basis and to provide necessary assistance to such farmers against high initial investment. Under this program all the farmers of the state, members of registered trusts, FPOs, FPCs, cooperative societies holding cultivable land will get benefit.
Mission Madhmakhi Karyakram has been started to provide assistance in areas like beekeeping, processing, packaging, cold room, bee clinic to promote bee production. Under this program, up to 75% assistance will be given to the farmers/cooperatives through FPO, FPC and “A” grade cooperatives.
Chief Minister Shri Bhupendra Patel said that in 20 years, the cultivated area of horticultural crops in Gujarat has increased from 6.92 lakh hectares to 19.77 lakh hectares and the production has increased from 62.01 lakh metric tons to 250.52 lakh metric tons. More than 35 lakh horticulturists have been benefited from various horticulture schemes by the state government in the last 20 years.
He said that today’s program is a landmark for the development of horticulture sector. A total of 9 centers including 3 new Centers of Excellence for Horticulture will be operational across the state which will make horticulture profitable and more infrastructure facilities in the horticulture sector will be available to farmers. The state government has allocated Rs.10 crore for Apiculture across the state, he added.
Giving a picture of the state’s horticultural agriculture situation, the Chief Minister proudly said that the state’s Kesar mangoes have got the G.I. tag, the state of Gujarat stands first in the entire country in production of okra and chickoo which is a matter of pride for the horticultural farmers of Gujarat.
Giving more information about this, the Chief Minister said that the state government has allocated Rs. 10 crores has been provided and in the last five years 7.26 lakh beneficiaries across the state have availed the benefits of various horticulture schemes of the government.
Chief Minister Shri Bhupendra Patel referred to e-NAM (e National Agriculture Market) launched by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and added that through this arrangement, farmers across the state will be able to interact with farmers across the country which will enable them to get maximum prices of agricultural products. Chief Minister Shri Bhupendra Patel presented the details of drone technology implemented across the state and said that for drone technology across the state Rs. 35 crore has been allocated and 1.40 lakh acres of land will be covered under this technology. He also expressed the hope that through drone technology, farmers will be able to sprinkle fertilizer in their fields and their labor costs will be saved. He expressed confidence that this would prove to be a useful step in the progress from “Atmanirbhar Gujarat” to “Atmanirbhar India.”
Chief Minister Shri Bhupendra Patel visited the agricultural produce stalls at G M Patel High School premises and encouraged the horticultural farmers. Also, the scheme assistance and certificates of the state government were distributed to the beneficiaries of the horticulture department of Jamnagar district and other beneficiaries.
In the presence of the Chief Minister Shri Bhupendra Patel the groundbreaking program of Horticulture Crop Symposium, Center of Excellence and primary processing Center by state government’s Agriculture, Farmer Welfare and Cooperation Department took place in G M Patel High School premises which was telecasted live from Miroli in Ahmedabad district, Mehmadpura in Kheda district, Town Hall in Bhuj city, Jambughoda in Panchmahal district and Deesa in Banaskantha district, in with thousands of progressive citizens participated.
Agriculture Minister Shri Raghavji Patel expressed his happiness about the new projects that will be finalized by the Chief Minister and said that the government is working under the guidance of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Shri Bhupendra Patel to make the entire country self-sufficient from farmer to village. In order to enrich the farmer and double the income of the farmer, the state government has implemented many agricultural welfare schemes like Sauni Yojana, Krushi Sadhan Sahay, fertilizer and power subsidy, fruit processing unit, purchase of seeds at maximum support price, free loan etc. to enrich the farmer, agriculture and the village.
Minister of State Shri Arvind Raiyani and In-charge Minister Shri Brijesh Merja, MP Poonam Madam, District Panchayat President Shri Dharamshi Chaniyara, MLA Shri Dharmendrasinh Jadeja, Mayor Smt. Bina Kothari, Chairman of District Panchayat Executive Committee Shri Bharat Borsadia, Jamnagar City BJP President Dr. Vimal Kagathara, Agriculture Department Additional Chief Secretary Shri Mukesh Puri, District Collector Dr. Saurabh Parghi, District Development Officer Shri Mihir Patel, District Superintendent of Police Shri Premsukh Delu, State Vice President of BJP Shri Jayanti Kawadia, Jayaram Vansjalia, Babu Ghodasara and a large number of farmers from the entire Jamnagar district were present.
Ministers, office bearers, MPs, MLAs were present in the ceremony organized in the other respective districts of the state under this program.
Source: Information Department, Gujarat