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Development of agriculture sector and welfare of farmers is our top priority: Baghel

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Faciltity for certification of agricultural products is now available in India Gandhi University: agricultural products exports to get a boost

Facility of certification of agricultural products now available in Indira Gandhi Agricultural University: Export of agricultural products will get a boost

Now the processing technology developed by agriculture scientists will be used in the rural industrial parks

Scientific research and technology are being used increasingly in the production of organic manure from cow dung, power generation and value addition in Gauthans

Inauguration of development works worth nearly Rs 30 crores in Indira Gandhi Agricultural University

Newly constructed building of knowledge center, phytosanitary lab, and biodiversity museum of Krishi Vigyan Kendra Raipur, Agriculture College in Raigarh, and Horticulture College in Jagdalpur inaugurated

Raipur, October 9

Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel said that development of agriculture sector and welfare of farmers is the top priority of Chhattisgarh government. Indira Gandhi Krishi Vishwavidyalaya is playing an important role in the development of the new technologies in the field of agriculture, making it accessible to the farmers. Phytosanitary lab starting from today in the Agricultural University will play an important role in promoting the export of agricultural products of Chhattisgarh. Processing technology developed by the agricultural scientists will now be deployed in the rural industrial parks. Use of scientific research and modern technology is being promoted in the production of organic manure from cow dung, power generation and value addition in Gauthans.

Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Friday inaugurated the buildings and other infrastructure built in Indira Gandhi Agricultural University at the cost of nearly Rs 30 crore. He inaugurated the newly constructed Krishi Vigyan Kendra Bhawan, Akti Biodiversity Museum, newly constructed Knowledge Center building and recording studio and Phytosanitary laboratory located at Indira Gandhi Agricultural University campus. And also dedicated e-classrooms built in the girls hostel buildings and 16 agricultural colleges.

On this occasion, he also launched the seeds of improved varieties of 8 crops including paddy, karat, soyabean, maize and raspberry.

Baghel inaugurated the technology to isolate protein and glucose from rice developed by the university. Agriculture Minister Ravindra Choubey, Chairman of Chhattisgarh State Farmers Welfare Council Surendra Sharma, Chairman of Shakambri Board Ram Kumar Patel, Advisor to Chief Minister Pradeep Choubey, Vice Chancellor of Indira Gandhi Agricultural University, Dr. S.K. Patil were also present in the programme. MLA Prakash Nayak, Rekhchand Jain, Indira Gandhi Agricultural University Board member Bodhram Kanwar and many agricultural scientists and professors participated virtually in the program.

Chief Minister further said that Chhattisgarh Government has taken several effective steps to give a new directiopn to the development of agriculture and to further strengthen the sector. Agriculture Scientists have made an important contribution in making the villages self-reliants. We are working towards making the villages self-dependent as per Mahatma Gandhi’s vision of ‘Gram Swaraj’. He said that the Agriculture University has developed the technology for processing various agricultural products, which will be used in the Rural Industrial Park being set up in the villages. The processing of agricultural products and minor forest produce products will not only boost the income of the farmers but will also make quality agricultural products available for people of the state. Chhattisgarh will continue to be a leader in the supply of quality agricultural and minor forest produce based products, said Mr. Baghel.

Chief Minister further said that building a strong scientific infrastructure in the agriculture sector of the state has been one of our top priorities. He said that MoUs have been signed with national level scientific organizations for improvement of farming practices in the state, expansion of crop diversification, increase in production and increase in the income of farmers through value addition.

Chief Minister said that recently Mission Millet has been started in Chhattisgarh to promote production of minor cereal crops like Kodo-Kutki-Ragi and contract with IIMR has been signed for the same. Scientists are constantly harnessing their knowledge and research to promote activities ranging from value addition of minor forest produce to production of organic manure and electricity from cow dung in Gauthans. And this contribution of agricultural scientists and farmers of Chhattisgarh is being appreciated at national-level today.

Chief Minister added that about 24000 varieties of paddy, 1009 varieties of tinvra, 2000 varieties of linseed have been displayed in the Akti Biodiversity Museum inaugurated today. A total of 30,878 varieties of different crops have been displayed in this museum. Besides, farmers of the state have registered more than 500 species with Government of India. These species have also been put on display in the Biodiversity Museum. These species will be used for the development of new species. Since the establishment of the University, a total of 154 species of different crops have been developed till date.

Chief Minister also talked about the state government’s efforts to promote the export of agriculture-produce and agri-products of Chhattisgarh. Earlier, the facility of certification of agricultural products and food items was not available in Chhattisgarh, but after the launch of phytosanitary laboratory in the university, this facility will be available to the farmers. With crop certification, farmers will be able to sell their produce and products abroad as well. He said that in the new knowledge center of Indira Gandhi Krishi Vishwavidyalaya, mobile apps have been developed to provide information to the farmers and to solve their problems. These apps will also provide information about various schemes of Chhattisgarh Government and help the farmers to earn a better income.

Agriculture Minister Mr. Ravindra Choubey said that under the leadership of Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel, Chhattisgarh is poised to become the most prosperous state in the field of agriculture. He said that an amount of nearly Rs 25 to 30 thousand crores are being provided to the farmers from the state budget through paddy procurement. The infrastructure developed in the Agricultural University will prove beneficial for the farmers, scientists and students. The Vice Chancellor of Agricultural University, Dr. S.K. Patil gave the welcome address. Agricultural scientists, university professors and students also participated in the program virtually.

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