The three-day Global Rajasthan Agritech Meet (GRAM) 2016 will be attended by over 50,000 farmers from all parts of the states and that makes this mega event first of its kind in the country, Rajasthan Agriculture Minister Prabhu Lal Saini said today.
GRAM gets under way in Jaipur on November 9, 2016 and it will expose the farming communities to the technological advancements and global best practices. The event will also showcase investment opportunities in the state to agri-business communities across the world. It is jointly organized by the Government of Rajasthan and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI). Israel is the partner country for the event.
Addressing a curtain raiser press meet in New Delhi, Saini said that the government has invited one farmers of each village of the state and nearly 50, 000 farmers are expected to attend the event.
“Farmers, attending the event, will be exposed to new technologies at the exhibition and in turn they will further enlighten farmers community of their respective villages. Knowledge of new technology and best practices will reach to each farmers of the state,” Saini said.
“We are expecting to sign MoUs worth Rs 6,000 crore during the event and we have already received investment proposals worth Rs 4,000 crore,” he added.
On November 10 in the presence of Union Minister of Urban Development M Venkaiah Naidu, a MoU signing ceremony will take place.
The event will focus on Farmer Empowerment, showcase Agri-Innovations, Marketing Tie-Ups, Joint Ventures, Technology Transfers, International Investments, Business Opportunities, Encourage Agri-based Research and Common Platform for Agri and Allied Ecosystem.
An exhibition will be one of the main features of the GRAM. A total area of 20,000 sqmt space has been earmarked as an exhibition area during the event. The exhibition area will be divided into various categories like Livestock, Post Harvest Technologies, Agri Inputs & Protected Cultivation, Organic farming, Food & Food Processing Technologies, Farm Machinery, Implements and Allied Service, Financial Instituion, Irrigation, Plasticulture & Precision Farming. To promote agri-entrepreneurship a special pavilion on startups will be setup. Furthermore, there will be a special pavilion on organic farming as well to promote herbal and medicinal plans.
Delegates of Australia, The Netherlands and Israel will participate in ‘GRAM’. This event is a platform to exchange and learn modern and hi-techniques used by these countries in the Agriculture and Allied sectors.
Saini said that to double the income of farmers by 2022, the State Government had initiated several steps to help farmers grow high value added crops, through systematic and aggressive marketing and other farmer-friendly policies. He expressed confidence that these steps would enable the State to over-achieve the target of raising farm incomes.
He said that NITI Aayog had ranked Rajasthan the third, after Maharashtra and Gujarat in the area of agricultural reform. The policies adopted by the current State Government would make Rajasthan the leading State soon in this regard.
Neelkamal Darbari, Principal Secretary, Agriculture, Government of Rajasthan, in her remarks, said that farmers were the central figures in GRAM 2016, where the focus will be on innovative farming techniques and high value crops to give farmers the incomes due to them.
A Didar Singh, Secretary General, FICCI, said that GRAM 2016 was the single largest agriculture meet in the country and it has attracted the participation of 50,000 farmers and over 200 corporates. The objective was to expose the farmers to latest farm technologies and showcase to business the opportunities for investment in the State.