Union Ministry of Agricultural and Farmers Welfare organised a National Conference of Agricultural Ministers at Bengaluru, Karnataka. At the conference, Agricultural Ministers of different states participated, and Raghavji Patel, Gujarat Agricultural Minister, presented Gujarat. He also expressed his thoughts on labour procurement to purchase pulses and oilseeds at the support price of 50% instead of 25% quantity.
At the National Conference, the Gujarat Agricultural Minister expressed his gratitude to the central leadership for allocating a timely and sufficient quantity of fertilisers to Gujarat. He also thanked the Union Ministry for cooperation provided for the purchase of grams at a support price.
Gujarat Government introduced various online services offered in the agriculture sector in the state like i-Khedoot Portal and DBT. Raghavji Patel also gave information about online license software and details of the campaign, launched to get 75 farmers from every village to practice organic farming in Gujarat.
Agriculture Minister Raghavjibhai Patel said, “The state government has taken various measures for the welfare of farmers, keeping in mind the interest of farmers. Under the guidance of Chief Minister Bhupendrabhai Patel, with the determination to double the farmers’ income, the Minister of Agriculture approved purchase of 50% of the Gujarat’s total production at support price for pulses and oilseeds crops in place of the current approval of purchase of 25% of the state’s total production at support price.”
The National Conference featured presentations and in-depth. It also had discussions by experts on topics like Digital Agriculture, Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana, Natural Farming, Marketing (FPO and e-NAM), Nano Fertilizer, PM Kisan, Agriculture Infrastructure Fund etc.
Minister Raghavjibhai Patel presented a picture at the National Conference about the outstanding work done in the state of Gujarat in digital agriculture, natural farming, nano-fertilizer etc. and the upcoming planning.
He said that the Gujarat government had started working in the field of digital agriculture from the year 2014-15. Raghavji Patel also informed the gathering about various online services offered in the agriculture sector in the state, such as the i-Khedut portal, DBT and online license software.