Rajasthan Government announced major investments in cold chain development, agro-processing and modern storage facilities
Second day ofthe multifaceted agricultural event- ‘GRAM 2016’ witnessed the signing of major MOUs by Rajasthan government for the betterment of farmers. India’s first largest agri-tech meet, where science and technology converge to provide better opportunities for living is being held at JECC, Jaipur. This 3-day event is quite significant for Rajasthan, a state where 2/3rd of the total population is connected to agriculture and associated industries. Agriculture contributes to 31% of state GSDP, which is above the national average of 20%. Keeping this in mind, government took some crucial steps for creating new jobs in this field.
With the intention to employ 45,000 youths in future, current Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje signed 38 important MOUs worth 4,400.89 crores in the presence of state agriculture minister Prabhulal Saini and Union Minister of Urban Development Mr. Venkaiah Naidu. These agreements covered key sectors of employment, mainly farming, horticulture and agro-marketing. Latest development in this sector will allow farmers to overcome natural damages like droughts, famines etc. and create sustainable opportunities for earning in the long run.
Investments are Diversified to Provide Maximum Benefits at Grassroot Level
It’s appreciable that government is not just investing in novel farming techniques like plasticulture, protected farming etc. but, also focusing on storage, processing and initial research. Main highlights of the MoU include:
- 257.5 crores allotted to modern storage facility,
- 331 crore was set aside for cold chain development,
- Agro-processing units worth 1694 crorers will be set up all over the state,
- A substantial amount was assigned for setting up horticulture and processing units.
Since, farmers bear the burden of boosting state economy, it’s essential to improve living conditions in rural regions of Rajasthan. Thisis possible if the government replaces conventional agricultural practices with advanced, time-savvy technologies. Raje used this opportunity to applaud and felicitate farmers, who delivered notable performances on field in last one year. Important MPs, MLAs, state leaders and union ministers were present on spot.
While Naidu sees it as a great learning opportunity for farmers, CM feels this step is a milestone in the history of agriculture. Hopefully, ‘Kisanoka Mahakumbh’ will aid in uplifting the poor condition of farmers in Rajasthan.