Published On: Sat, Sep 3rd, 2016

Gujarat Reiterates Its Commitment To ‘Agro & Food Processing’

gujcmGandhinagar: Ahead of the upcoming Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit 2017, the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Gujarat Vijaybhai Rupani, today, inaugurated a seminar on ‘Sustainable Agriculture & Food Processing’at Mahatma Mandir, Gandhinagar. The day-long seminar boasted of participation from resident farmers, industry experts, corporates,academicians and government officials. The event comprised of interesting sessions onWellness of Farmers & Entrepreneurs, Hi-tech Horticulture and Farm Mechanization, Doubling Income through New Technologies, Role of Dairy and Animal Husbandry for Sustainable Agriculture and Food Processing & Value Addition.

Recently, the Government of Gujarat introduced the ‘Comprehensive Agro Business Policy 2016-2021’, a scheme for financial assistant to Agro industrial units and infrastructural projects. Through this scheme, the government plans to facilitate investment in Agro & Food Processing Sector for value addition to farm produce which would further provide better employment opportunities and higher income to the farmers.

Speaking at the event, Hon’ble Shri VijaybhaiRupani, Chief Minister of Gujarat said, “Today, we have various technologies in the area of agriculture and food processing which can help farmers increase their produce, maintain the quality of their products and also save resources like electricity and water. At the same time we want to make our farmer community aware about some of the State Government and Central Government schemes that have been announced with the aim of protecting the farmers from unexpected natural calamities. We efforts will focus on enabling our local farmers in becoming global farmers by providing them with access to modern agriculture techniques and technologies. Our farmers have the potential to cater to the global demand.”

As part of the preparation for Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit 2017, the Government of Gujarat is sendingits delegations to various countries with specific focus areas for discussion. ‘Agro and Food Processing’ will be discussed with a host of countries given the importance of the sector. The Government of Gujarat realizes the potential of the industry and the growth opportunities it brings to the state.

A Government of Gujarat delegation led by Ms. S. Aparna, Principal Secretary to Hon’ble Chief Minister of Gujarat will head to Russia on Saturday morning and one of the key focus areas of discussion will be ‘Agro and Food Processing’.

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