Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled the foundation stone of Centre of Excellence for Vegetable Production at Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Baramati in Maharashtra. The Centre is being set up as a part of Indo-Dutch programme under the aegis of Agricultural Development Trust, Baramati.
Addressing the farmers’ rally organised on the occasion, the Prime Minister said that water storage capacity across the country needs to be enhanced. Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Gurantee Act (MGNREGA) may be used to build water storage capacity and it may help improve productivity in the agriculture sector.
He further said that KVKs can play an important role in confidence building among farmers.
Addressing the gathering, Radha Mohan Singh, Union Agriculture Minister highlighted the initiatives of the new government, mainly Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (Prime Minister Agriculture Irrigation Scheme). He also emphasised on the development of infrastructure at KVKs to improve the dissemination of technologies to farmers.
Speaking on the occasion, Sharad Pawar, former Union Minister of Agriculture highlighted the concerns of drought-affected farmers, sugar and milk producers in Maharashtra.
More than 15,000 farmers participated in the programme.