CM inaugurates farmers’ convention, agro fair at Navsari

CM inaugurates farmers’ convention, agro fair at Navsari

CM announces to form Gujarat Agriculture Commission, said the state’s efforts in the agriculture field will help the villages to prosper for centuries ahead

 

CM attributes the success of Gujarat’s magnificent agricultural growth to the progressive farmers of south Gujarat

 

Chief Minister Narendrabhai Modi has attributed the success of Gujarat’s magnificent agricultural growth to the progressive farmers of south Gujarat. “The hard work of Gujarati farmers has earned a unique repute to Gujarat in the field of agriculture”, Mr. Modi said at a convention of progressive farmers held at Navsari today.

Mr. Modi, who was at Navsari to take part in the celebration of 53rd foundation day of Gujarat, inaugurated an agriculture fair held at the campus of Navsari Krishi University. The Chief Minister also inaugurated a mango festival here and addressed a seminar of progressive farmers of the state. He said the present revolutionary agricultural growth of state is the result of collective work of the farmers and the government.

 

He said that there are immense possibilities of agricultural growth in entire state including south Gujarat. Farmers have infused a fresh vigour even in the rann of Kutch through their toil. The progressive farmers of the state have made many innovative experiments, while the agriculture universities have also attained miraculous results through various research and agroscanology.

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Saffron, apple, cashew… Gujarat farms turn exotic

Innovative farmers are growing crops that are difficult to grow in water-deficient regions.

ImageFarmers of Gujarat are now challenging nature. Despite water shortage in the state, many farmers have been successful in growing crops which need a lot of water and for which Gujarat’s climate is not at all favourable. 

For instance, apples, saffron and cashew are difficult to grow in water-deficient states like Gujarat. 

Yet some enterprising farmers have experimented and succeeded in growing these crops despite the unfavourable climatic conditions. 

Cashew is being grown in Saurashtra and South Gujarat while Anand Agricultural University has been successful in growing saffron, albeit in greenhouses on its farm. Incidentally, saffron has long been associated with Kashmir and its climate. 

Businessman Rustom Cama has recently joined farmers in experimenting with different crops. 

Apples generally grow in places like Himachal Pradesh where the climate is damp and cold. But he has been successful in growing around 100 apple trees on his arid farmland near Mount Abu.

Cama said that he started growing apple trees four years ago and that the trees had yielded good quality fruit for the last two years. 

“When I first asked a university for apple plants so that I could grow them on my farm near Mount Abu, the university refused. The university evidently thought that it was not possible to grow apples in Mount Abu,” said Cama.  

He further said that as there is shortage of water in the region, it is not possible to grow apple trees in large numbers. He, however, added that he had not found the climate to be much of a problem and the apples grown on his farm were of good quality. 

As for saffron, AAU has grown this spice in greenhouses on its farm in Anand. University officials involved in its farming say that it can be grown in North Gujarat areas – in Patan, Mehsana, Banaskantha, Sabarkantha and Gandhinagar. Saplings for this purpose can be had from Badgam district in Kashmir valley. The officials say that the quality of saffron grown in Gujarat is as good as that of saffron grown in Kashmir. The period of August to November is most favorable for its cultivation. 

In Saursahtra and South Gujarat, farmers have been successful in growing cashew nut. According to an estimate, 7826 hectares of land in Gujarat is used for cashew farming. The harvest is around 22,860 metric tonnes. Bharat Patel, one of the farmers cultivating cashew in Halvad, said he had grown around 150 cashew trees on his farm. 

“One has to be careful when cultivating cashew as watering of the plants has to be done systematically. I have been growing cashew for the last three years. Though the volume of the yield is not very high, the quality of cashew is good,” Patel said.

 

 

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South Gujarat farmers find pomegranates juicer!

SURAT: Move over ValsadiHafoos and chikoos of south Gujarat. Farmers in the region are ready to add something more juicer to your fruit basket!.

Large number of farmers in districts of south Gujarat are switching over from their regular cash crops to grow pomegranates, which not only has a huge export market but also yielding more profit.

atish Patel (39), a farmer of Itakala village of Valiya taluka of Bharuch district, used to grow papaya on his 40-acre farm. At times, he cultivated cotton or tuver (pigeon peas) but the returns were not good.

“In started pomegranate farming in February last year and reaping a rich harvest of Rs 2.5 lakh per acre,” Patel said.

My farm is new and before taking the first fruit we need to be careful as branches and stem needs to be strengthened sufficiently to bear the weight of the fruit. So the first fruit will be after 1.5 years, but after that every year we can take good crops,” Patel added.

According to sources in horticulture department, more than 500 farmers spread across 300 hecatres from Vagra, Rajpipla, Jaghadia talukas of Bharuch and Narmada district, Mandvi and Mangrol in Surat district and Utchal and Nizar of Tapi are switching over to this fruit. These areas are relatively arid and conducive for pomegranate cultivation.

“With an investment of Rs 70,000 per acre, farmers get a yield of at least Rs 2.5 lakh,” assistant director, horticulture, in charge of Bharuch and Surat, Dinesh Pataliya said.

Locally called Dadam, the fruit, also has great medicinal value making it lucrative for export.

“Large number of pomegranate farmers especially from Maharastra export their product to European countries during October to February,” said Pataliya adding, “Unlike mango, it needs dry cool climate without much rains and some of our talukas of South Gujarat provide the best weather for the fruit to grow.”

Pratap Pednekar, who owns a 100-acre farm in Nagar district of Maharashtra said, “We have asked the farmers of south Gujarat to change the variety as the one that we grow has a maturity period of 6 to 6.5 months after flowering. We have recommended another variety that has short maturity period of three-four months after flowering so it doesn’t cause loss even if it rains.”

India exports nearly 7,000 to 10,000 tonnes of pomegranate, 30 per cent of which goes to Europe and remaining to Middle East countries.

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Shri Modi meets Dr. Ashok Gulati, head of Commission for Agriculture Costs and Prices

On Monday 11th February 2013 Shri Narendra Modi met Dr. Ashok Gulati, who heads the Government of India’s Commission for Agriculture Costs and Prices. Dr. Gulati pointed that Gujarat’s more than 10% growth in agriculture can be an inspiration for other states. Dr. Gulati sought details on Gujarat’s advances in agriculture and added that other states must know more about Gujarat’s initiatives such as Krishi Mahotsav and its advances in irrigation.

Dr. Gulati praised Shri Modi for talking about the Government’s New Textile Policy and the 5F formula to promote growing of cotton in the state. Shri Modi spoke about the Global Agro Hi-Tech Fair that will be held every two years starting from 2014.

Principal Secretary (Agriculture) Shri RK Tripathy and others were present on the occasion.

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Eco-friendly Gujarat

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Gujarat Boosting its Agricultural Sector with Krishi Mohatsav

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International Food Policy Research Institute Praises Agricultural Growth in Gujarat

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