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Gujarat Chief Minister presides over National Cooperative Week Conference at Amreli

    Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani today allayed the fears of farmers over the damage to groundnut crop due to unseasonal rain and said that the state government will buy the last bud of the groundnut at minimum support price, be they moist or withered.

    Presiding over a National Cooperative Week Conference on ‘Sahkarita ane Gandhi Vichar’ organized by the Amreli District Cooperative Union at the Amar Dairy premises at Amreli, he said the government will ensure the affected farmers get their dues from crop insurance.

    He said that farmers and poor persons have been the greatest beneficiaries of the cooperative movement. Gujarat is at the forefront in the country. Every fourth person is a member of some cooperative society or the other in the state. The number of members in the cooperative banks has registered 40 per cent increase. Mahatma Gandhi’s trusteeship concept can be implemented by organizing the cooperatives.

    Mr. Rupani felicitated veteran cooperative leaders and officers of the district with citations and shawls. He watched a cultural programme presented by the girls of the TP Gandhi School. Several stalls displaying farm and agriculture related exhibits were installed at the venue.

    Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Parshottam Rupala said that promoting cooperative movement could be the greatest tribute to Mahatma Gandhi’s concept of khadi and self-reliant rural economy. He said that Central Government extended credit worth Rs.14-lakh crore to farmers.

    IFFCO Vice-Chairman Dilipbhai Sanghani, Managing Director U.S. Awasthi, National Cooperative Union of India President Chandrapal Singh Yadav also delivered speeches at the conference.

    Those present at the conference included Gujarat’s Food and Civil supplies Minister Jayeshbhai Radadiya, District Guardian Minister Dharmendrasinh Jadeja, MP Naranbhai Kachhadia, ex-Minister V.V. Vaghasia, BJP District President Hirenbhai Heerpara and Amar Dairy Chairman Ashwinbhai Savaliya, among others.

    Source: Information Department, Gujarat