Agriculture Minister of Chhattisgarh Shri Brijmohan Agarwal was invited as a special guest for the closing ceremony of the four-day event of the eighth Agro Vision at Silk Garden in Nagpur. In his address, he emphasized to increase the income of the farmers, use modern farming practices and technology. He said that every farmer needs to be encouraged to switch to progressive farming methods. It was a national agricultural exhibition. The agricultural scientists and agricultural experts guided farmers through workshops on agriculture.
While addressing the mega event, Shri Brijmohan Agarwal said that using new technologies in agriculture will reduce the cost of farming. Similarly, the addition of conventional crops to cash crops will help farmers to improve their economic conditions. After the main harvest, to promote the cultivation of other cash crops and green vegetables is also required. श्री बृजमोहन अग्रवाल particularly discussed the agricultural development in Chhattisgarh. He said that the state’s agriculture growth rate is higher than the national growth rate. In the eleventh five year plan period (2007-08 to 2011-12), the national agricultural growth rate was 3.3 percent while the agricultural growth rate in Chhattisgarh was 6.3 percent. Whereas, in the twelfth five year plan period national agricultural growth rate is 3 percent. The state government had made special efforts to increase irrigation facilities for agricultural development. The state government’s efforts over the past sixteen years has increased the irrigation by 11 percent, which is remarkable. At the time of formation of the state, 13 lakh 28 thousand hectares land was used for irrigation which is now increased to 19 lakh 73 thousand hectares.
Shri Agarwal said that various schemes have reduced the cost of farming. Farmers of the state are doing farming as well as animal husbandry. Because of the state government’s systematic agricultural policy and agricultural development schemes, there is an economic growth of farmers. He said that the state is well-known for the rice production and is now moving too fast in the cultivation of horticulture crops.
Agriculture Minister of Chhattisgarh Shri Agarwal said that the state has increased progressively in the horticulture sector. The state has been divided into three regions based on geography and climate for the horticulture development. These include mountainside (Bastar), plateau (Sarguja) and fields (Raipur, Durg, and Bilaspur). Based on these areas, the state government has done planning for the growth and expansion of horticulture and has begun to implement. Because of the systematic work plan, today horticulture acreage has increased to four times and production has increased to five times. Horticulture in Chhattisgarh includes flowers-fruits, vegetables, spices, medicinal and aromatic plants including crops. In 2004-05, the area under horticulture acreage was 2 lakhs 1 thousand 555 hectares which have now increased to 7 lakhs 92 thousand 943 hectares in 2015-16. In the same way, the production of fruits-vegetables, medicine and aromatic plants in 2004-05 was 17 lakhs 46 thousand 724 metric tons. In 2015-16, 91 lakh 62 thousand 691 metric tons were produced. Shri Agarwal said that the state’s fish production has jumped even longer. The state has reached the 6th position in these two fields. The state has achieved a significant position in the field of animal husbandry>>