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Foundation stone for 50 Food Processing units laid in

Press Trust of India  |  Ranchi 

Radha Mohan Singh and Thursday laid foundation stone for 50 Food Processing Units worth Rs 271 crore and which will provide nearly 6000 jobs.

They also launched Jaivik to facilitate organic farming on the first day of the two-day Global Agriculture & Food Summit being organised here.

Addressing the gathering comprised of state ministers, business and foreign delegates and farmers, Singh said that used to say is a country of villages and the countrys soul resided there. His clear message was to strengthen the villages after independence, which in turn meant, strengthening the farmers.

Stating that the credit of introducing Kissan Credit Card went to former and several other reforms took place like rural road development and in agriculture sector during Vajpayee regime, Singh said government is on the right direction to realise Vajpayees dreams.

Jharkhand has great agriculture potential. It will give real strength to the country. Small and marginal farmers have to be given special attention to uplift their situation, he said.

Stating that soil health card has greater role in the uplift of farmers, he said till 2014 there was no yardstick for soil health card, but since 2014 till now 54 lakh soil health cards were made.

is the largest of milk now and the country is moving faster towards micro irrigation, he added.

Coming down heavily on pending agriculture projects despite Swaminathans report placed in 2006, Singh said that the has taken many steps in the agriculture sector. The centre increased agriculture budget, he added.

Farmers are being given loans. Production of pulses has gone up tremendously and has become cheaper. Government has given safeguard and provided sufficient cushion to the farmers, he said.

Predicting Jharkhand will become number one in fish farming, Singh said that is committed to better the life of the farmers and the Centre is providing all help and support.

Saying that livestock is also the backbone of village economy, the said that the has set up

Five partner countries---China, Tunisia, Mongolia, and the are participating in the two-day Summit, besides being the focus country and there will be more than 50 foreign delegates.

Besides this, about 10,000 farmers & delegates are also participating in the two-day event.

The objective of the Summit is to showcase the rich agriculture eco system of Jharkhand and utilize the untapped potential of agriculture and and to develop sectoral value chains, which enables forward and backward market linkages.

Also to provide platform for networking to business community, government representatives, progressive farmers, agriculture entrepreneurs and other stake holders.

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First Published: Thu, November 29 2018. 17:30 IST