West Bengal’s future is agriculture and industry, and performance will prove that the state is at the top. Saying things outside will not work. Performance will prove that we are number one, according to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. She was speaking at the inauguration of the golden jubilee celebrations of West Bengal Cold Storage Association.
Banerjee said, " The government is against forcible acquisition of land but has land banks for the needs of the industry. The government is setting up cold storages in all blocks beside warehouses and kisan mandis in the PPP model for which land has been identified.”
While urging investors to bet on agro-based industries, as there is a clear gap between demand and supply, she said,"If we work together, there is big opportunity for big business. We have a PPP policy."
"Why should West Bengal import vegetables from other states ? Even fish is imported. We have to be self-sufficient. We have to increase our capacity for seed production as we spend Rs 1,500 crore for seed procurement. We must utilise the opportunities we have. We have a huge market for eggs. There is lot of scope in poultry and fisheries. Like you keep potatoes in cold storage, you should build capacity for fish also," the Chief Minister added.
On rising fertiliser prices, she said farmers are facing ‘difficult times and we must stand beside them.