Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel . (File Photo)
Raipur: Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel said that development of agriculture sector and welfare of farmers is the top priority of the state government.
He said this after inaugurating the buildings and other infrastructure built on Indira Gandhi Agricultural University campus at the cost of nearly Rs 30 crore.
“Agriculture Scientists have made an important contribution in making the villages self-reliant as per Mahatma Gandhi’s vision of ‘Gram Swaraj’,” Baghel said.
The Chief Minister further 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.
He added 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,” Baghel said.
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.
Baghel 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.”
The Chief Minister also 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.
He also dedicated e-classrooms built in the girls hostel buildings and 16 agricultural colleges.
Agriculture Minister Ravindra Choubey said that an amount of nearly Rs 25 to 30 thousand crore is 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,” said 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 at the programme.
MLA Prakash Nayak, Rekhchand Jain, Indira Gandhi Agricultural University Board member Mr. Bodhram Kanwar and many agricultural scientists and professors participated virtually in the program.
Akti Biodiversity Museum
According to the state government release, about 24000 varieties of paddy, 1009 varieties of tinvra, 2000 varieties of linseed have been displayed in the Akti Biodiversity Museum that was 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. (Press Release)