"Due to 25,000-odd health camps organised for cattle for the last eight years, we have almost eradicated the instances of 112 bovine diseases," he said, while inaugurating the month-long "Krishi Mahotsav" (agriculture fair) from Petlad town, about 65 kms from here.
Attributing the "tremendous" growth in rural economy of Gujarat to the 'krishi mahotsavs' that have been conducted in the state for the past eight years, he said, "Gujarat's agricultural sector has been getting such handsome returns that even jeans-clad youngsters are getting attracted to it."
A large number of farmers and cattle-breeders, including rural women from the six districts of Central Gujarat, namely, Vadodara, Anand, Kheda, Dohad and Panchmahals, thronged Petlad village to partake in the eighth edition of the 'Krishi Mahotsav'.
Modi felicitated the progressive farmers and their families on the occasion.
The chief minister said the state government desired to boost income levels of farmers by doing value-additions to the crops and by ensuring that the farmers get high price for their produce.
"We want to put before the world an exemplary model for agricultural development. Pioneers of 'white revolution' in Anand and Kheda districts have developed a new model of agro-economy and Gujarat has been following it," he said.