He said that the state would have to use scientific methods to increase crop production, manage water from the Narmada Sardar Sarovar Dam for irrigation efficiently and improve the quality of fodder grown on "gaucher" (waste land used for grazing) land to achieve this aim.
Patel was speaking on the second day of the three-day "Chintan Shibir", a brainstorming session of the state government, which began here yesterday.
He said that efforts would also have to be made to increase milk production.
Patel suggested the spraying of fodder seeds aerially on "gaucher" land to ensure quality fodder for livestock.
State Agriculture Minister R C Faldu said that a higher amount of funds had been allocated for agriculture in the current fiscal.
Ministers Bhupendrasinh Chudasama and Saurabh Patel also participated in the brainstorming session.
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