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Kota, 26 May:  The time has come for the farmers to anticipate the market for their produce. 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. This was stated by the Union Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Shri C.R. Chaudhary today at the valedictory session of the Global Rajasthan Agritech Meet (GRAM) in Kota. He 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.

The Minister said that Kota division was most appropriate for organizing first of the divisional ‘GRAMs’. The division has 50% of the assured irrigated land as compared to the 30% of the entire state.  GRAM which is the vision of the Chief Minister, Smt. Vasundhara Raje will bring about a comprehensive change in the techniques of agriculture and allied sector as increasingly more farmers adopt modern technology.

Earlier, Rajasthan Agriculture Minister, Mr. Prabhu Lal Saini informed that over a period of 3 days a whopping over 40,000 farmers participated in GRAM Kota. Throwing light on the initiatives of the State Government, the Agriculture Minister 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 Mr. Saini. In addition to this, many Centers of Excellence are also going to open in different regions of the state.

The vision of the Prime Minister and Rajasthan Chief Minister  spurred the idea for organizing the mega agri event like GRAM which is proving to be a huge platform for knowledge and technology dissemination.

A book relating to Agriculture – ‘Rajasthan Krishi Vikas Drishti’ compiled by Rajasthan Agriculture Minister, Mr. Prabhu Lal Saini was also released on the occasion.

The Member of Parliament, Kota-Bundi, Shri Om Birla said that the Hadoti region will stand to benefit from the 3-day GRAM which has seen huge footfalls.

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).

The Principal Secretary, Agriculture, Government of Rajasthan, Ms. Neelkamal Darbari in her Vote of Thanks address sated that the Kota GRAM has become a landmark in terms of huge participation and has met its objective of providing information and knowledge to farmers for adopting new methods in agriculture and allied sectors.

Signed MOU worth Rs. 112.50 crores soya processing unit

In the presence of Rajasthan Agriculture Minister, Mr. Prabhu Lal Saini a MOU worth Rs. 112.50 crores was signed by  Principal Secretary, Agriculture, Government of Rajasthan, Ms. Neelkamal Darbari and Mr. Bajrang Kumar Saboo of Shiv Health Foods LLP for setting up a  project for manufacture of high quality soy proteins.

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