Rajasthan to host mega agri-summit on November 9

 Joe C Mathew   New Delhi     Last Updated: November 4, 2016  | 20:52 IST
Rajasthan to host mega agri-summit on November 9

Next week, the Rajasthan government will organise special trains and chartered buses to bring some 50,000 farmers from all across the state's 40,000 villages to its capital Jaipur.

The objective of the government sponsored mega tour is to expose the farming community to the technological advances and global best practices that are at display at the three-day Global Rajasthan Agritech Meet (GRAM) that begins on November9.

Addressing a curtain raiser press meet here today, Prabhu Lal Saini, Agriculture Minister of Rajasthan, said that in keeping with the Prime Minister's vision of doubling 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. He expressed confidence that these steps would enable the State to over-achieve the target of raising farm incomes.

Highlighting the NITI Aayog ranking where Rajasthan stands third -- after Maharashtra and Gujarat -- in the area of agricultural reform, the minister said that the policies adopted by the government would make Rajasthan the leading state soon.

GRAM is jointly organized by the Government of Rajasthan and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI). Israel is the partner country for the event.

The event will focus on farmer empowerment, showcase 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.

A total area of 20,000 sq mt space has been earmarked as an exhibition area during the event. The exhibition area will be divided into various categories like livestock, post harvest Technologies, agri inputs & protected cultivation, organic farming, food & food processing technologies, farm machinery, implements and allied Service, financial institution, irrigation, plasticulture & precision farming.

To promote agri-entrepreneurship a special pavilion on startups will be setup. Furthermore, there will be a special pavilion on organic farming as well to promote herbal and medicinal plans, the organisers said.

Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh will inaugurate the event.

 

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