16th May, 2020, Navsari, Gujarat
Shri Parshottam Rupala, Union Minister of State for Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare inaugurated the Dial-Out Conference on “Planning for Kharif Crops of South Gujarat” organized by the Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Navsari, Gujarat in collaboration with the Reliance Foundation today.
Stressing on the promotion of doorstep marketing, the Minister urged the farmers to design the market model at the District level and form the Farmers’ Producers’ Organizations (FPOs) that can revolutionize the agriculture sector of the country. Shri Rupala applauded the farm women’s participation in agricultural practices to make themselves self-reliant. He emphasized more on the herbal plants, bee keeping, packaging, branding, value-addition, organic products marketing and farmers’ welfare schemes. The Minister also urged the farmers for following the agro-advisories issued by the ICAR during the Covid-19 Pandemic situation.
Dr. Amitaben Patel, President, District Panchayat, Navsari, Gujarat stressed on the need for the technological empowerment of the farm women as they are actively involved in farming, livestock management, household based enterprises.
Smt. Prafulaben Desai, Board Member, Management, Navsari Agricultural University, Navsari accentuated to focus on the inclusion of the herbal crops in inter cropping system.
Dr. Lakhan Singh, Director, Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Pune, Maharashtra urged the farmers to be vigilant in crop husbandry. He stressed on developing the skills as per the need of identified enterprises. He urged the KVK for linking the rural youth with banks or relevant institutions for their business planning and financial support. Dr. Singh emphasized on training the rural youth for the on-site input management that will create employment opportunity in the villages. He accentuated on the promotion of the use of digital platforms / ICT tools in the area for effective knowledge sharing among the farmers and field level functionaries.
Dr. G.R. Patel, Director Extension, Navsari Agricultural University, Navsari urged the farmers for helping the migrated workforce to provide them with the livelihood opportunities.
The conference registered a total participation by 400 farmers including 300 farm women through telephonic calls.
(Source: ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Pune, Maharashtra)