Rajasthan government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) for organizing divisional level Global Rajasthan Agritech Meets (GRAMS).
The MoU was signed between Director, Agriculture, Government of Rajasthan, Ambrish Kumar and Deputy Secretary General of FICCI, Vinay Mathur on Thursday late evening at Krishi Bhavan in Jaipur.
The MoU is for organising three ‘GRAMS’ in the forthcoming financial year. They will be organised at Kota (May 2017), Udaipur (October 2017) and Jodhpur (January 2018).
The Director Agriculture said that looking at the huge success of the ‘GRAM 2016’ which was held in Jaipur in November last year, the State Government had decided to organise such events at the Divisional headquarters as well.
It is to be recalled that Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje had also announced the organising of the divisional level ‘GRAMS’ in her budget speech on 8 March.
As many as 30,000 farmers are expected to attend each of these divisional level GRAMS. The primary objective of these meets is to ensure economic empowerment of the farmers through accelerated yet sustainable growth in agriculture and to double farmer’s income by 2022.
In addition to farmers, the GRAMS will showcase global best practices and best of technologies suited to the agro-climatic conditions of Rajasthan. It will also be an important platform for investors, manufacturers, academicians and researchers.
During GRAM 2016 in November 2016, MoUs for huge investment in agriculture and allied were signed. The state was expected to get investment over Rs 6,000 crore. Overall the event had focused on Farmer Empowerment, showcasing 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.
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. GRAMs are expected to enable the state to over-achieve the target of raising farm incomes.
GRAM 2016 was the single largest agriculture meet in the country and it had 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.