Udaipur : The Global Rajasthan Agritech Meet (GRAM) in Udaipur, scheduled to be held from 7 to 9 November, will see the participation of 40,000 farmers over a period of 3 days. Out of these, 20% participation will be of women farmers. This was stated today by Minister of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry, Government of Rajasthan, Dr. Prabhu Lal Saini today while addressing a press conference in Udaipur.
The Minister further said that the event aims to honour the farmers on national and international platforms and achieving the Prime Minister’s resolution to double the farmers’ incomes by 2022. Similarly, to accelerate development of sustainable agricultural and allied activities live presentations of innovative methods and best practices will be showcased.
Dr. Saini also highlighted GRAM Udaipur’s aim to strengthen farmers’ families of the tribal belt of the division. Specific minor forest produce market has been established in Udaipur to enhance employment opportunities and farmers’ income. A special focus of the event will be demonstrations of new techniques of agriculture like drip irrigation, plasticulture as well as post-harvest management. Experts from various countries Argentina, Peru, Israel, Uzbekistan, among others will share their technical know-how with the farmers.
He further added that parallel ‘Jajam Baithaks’ will be held on all 3 days. The Baithaks are designed to enable farmers to clarify their doubts from subject experts relating to agriculture, horticulture and animal husbandry in an informal setting. A ‘Jajam Baithak’ on Dairy and Rural Women Development will also be held in this summit in Udaipur.
Earlier speaking about the Divisional level GRAMs, Principal Secretary, Agriculture, Government of Rajasthan, Ms. Neelkamal Darabari said that looking at the huge success of the ‘GRAM’ 2016 which was held in Jaipur in November last year, the State Government is organizing GRAMs on divisional levels. The first such GRAM was organized in Kota in May 2017 and the second one is now being held in Udaipur.
Also present on the occasion were Commissioner Agriculture, Mr. Vikas Sitaramji Bhale; Director Horticulture, Mr. VP Singh; Director Agriculture, Marketing Department, Mr. NM Paharia; Managing Director, Rajasthan State Seeds Corporation, Ms. Sushma Arora and Head of Agriculture, FICCI, Mr. Jasmeet Singh.
Chief Minister to Inaugurate GRAM Udaipur Tomorrow
Tomorrow (7 November) the Inaugural Session will take place at Maharana Pratap University of Agriculture & Technology, Udaipur, Rajasthan. On the occasion the Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Ms. Vasundhara Raje will be the Chief Guest. On the occasion Minister of State, Agriculture, Government of India, Mr. Gajendra Singh Shekhawat; Minister for Agriculture and Animal Husbandry, Government of Rajasthan, Dr. Prabhu Lal Saini and Ambassador of Uzbekistan, H.E. Farhod Arziev will also address. The vote of thanks will be delivered by Secretary General, FICCI, Mr. Sanjaya Baru. The inaugural session will begin at 11am. Also, on the occasion knowledge papers and publications (Agri Value Chain in Udaipur Division; Fisheries Development in Udaipur Division; Forest Produce in Udaipur division; GRAM Brochure and two Hindi booklets for farmers) will be released.
Photo 1: The Minister of Agriculture, Government of Rajasthan, Dr. Prabhu Lal Saini (3rd from right) addressing the GRAM press conference at Maharana Pratap University of Agriculture & Technology in Udaipur today. To his left are: Principal Secretary, Agriculture, Government of Rajasthan, Ms. Neelkamal Darabari; Director Agriculture, Marketing Department, Mr. NM Paharia and Managing Director, Rajasthan State Seeds Corporation, Ms. Sushma Arora. To his right are: Commissioner Agriculture, Mr. Vikas Sitaramji Bhale and Director Horticulture, Mr. VP Singh.
About ‘Global Rajasthan Agritech Meet 2017, Udaipur’ (GRAM)
Global Rajasthan Agritech Meet (GRAM) is being held from 7 to 9 November at Maharana Pratap University of Agriculture & Technology in Udaipur. The GRAM Udaipur will be jointly organised by the Government of Rajasthan and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FICCI). Government of Rajasthan looks forward to replicate GRAM 2017 Kota’s accomplishment at Udaipur in Rajasthan. One of the core objectives of ‘GRAM’ Udaipur would be to empower the farmers with latest technical know-how and best practices while providing them with new business opportunities and avenues for growth and agriculture and allied ecosystems. The event will bring all stakeholders- farmers from in and around Udaipur, agribusiness companies, academicians, progressive farmers and farmer groups, financial institutions, animal husbandry experts and policy makers