The time has come for the farmers to anticipate the market for their produce and knowing the forthcoming agri-trends in the market will not only get them the right price but also will prove to be a deterrent for the losses they suffer, CR Chaudhary Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution said today.
Addressing the valedictory session of the Global Rajasthan Agritech Meet (GRAM) in Kota, Chaudhary also cautioned the farmers against the sheep mentality of following the same crop trend which has done well in a particular period.
The Minister further stated that the soil health card scheme will enable the farmers to know the nutrient status of the land which he owns. This will facilitate him to use the right kind of fertilizers and optimal use of water. Over 6 crore soil health cards have already been issued in the country.
Chaudhary said that Kota division was most appropriate for organizing first of the divisional ‘GRAMs’. The division has 50 percent of the assured irrigated land as compared to the 30 percent of the entire state. GRAM will bring about a comprehensive change in the techniques of agriculture and allied sector as increasingly more farmers adopt modern technology, he added.
Earlier, Rajasthan Agriculture Minister Prabhu Lal Saini informed that over a period of 3 days a whopping over 40,000 farmers participated in GRAM Kota. He said that till now as many as 45 lakh Soil Health Cards have been issued to the farmers. Many international varieties of crops like Quinoa, Dragon fruit, among others are being cultivated. Pearl, green tea as well as drum stick cultivation is also soon going to begin in the state, announced Saini. In addition to this, many Centers of Excellence are also going to open in different regions of the state.
A book relating to Agriculture – ‘Rajasthan Krishi Vikas Drishti’ compiled by Saini was also released on the occasion.
During the valedictory session, farmers were facilitated for their contributions in the fields of agriculture, animal husbandry and dairy. In the field of Agriculture, Chain Singh and Krishna Kumar Sharma from Kota, Devi Lal and Dharmendra Kumar from Jhalawar, Kushal Saini and Cheetarlal from Bundi, Kamal and Dinesh Kumar from Baran were awarded. Similarly, Shrilal Gunjal (Kota), Bijendra Singh (Bundi), Uday Pratap Singh (Baran) and Tej Singh (Jhalawar) were facilitated for their contribution in animal husbandry. The President, Gardada Doodh Samiti, Dhanraj and the President, Chavli Doodh Samit, Purilal were also honoured on the occasion. Udaylal (Kota) and Karni Singh (Jhalawar) were awarded in the Milk Production (Male Category) category. Similarly, Nandu Yadav (Kota) and Kailash Kanwar (Jhalawar) were facilitated in the Milk Production (Female Category).
On the occasion, a MoU worth Rs. 112.50 crores was also signed by Principal Secretary, Agriculture Neelkamal Darbari and Bajrang Kumar Saboo of Shiv Health Foods LLP for setting up a project for manufacture of high quality soy proteins.