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Plans afoot in Jharkhand to establish organic cluster in each district
Tuesday, 04 December, 2018, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Our Bureau, New Delhi
Jharkhand is set to become the organic hub of India, with the government of the eastern state establishing an organic cluster in each of its 24 districts. This was stated by state chief minister Raghubar Das during the valedictory session of the 2018 essay of the Global Agriculture and Food Summit, which took place in Khelgaon, Ranchi. The two-day event was organised by the Government of Jharkhand and had the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (FICCI) as the event partner.

Das added that the state government will also clinch a deal and ink a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Patanjali to sell organic products in the market and set up a honey processing plant with the help of the company, promoted by yoga guru Baba Ramdev. He stated that Patanjali will buy honey. The Government of Jharkhand launched Jaivik Jharkhand, its own brand for the packaging and sale of organic produce from the state.

Praised the efforts made by the state government, Ramdev stated that it had the capability to gaining the topmost slot in the field of agriculture in the country, and was, in fact, creating new records. He had assured that the organic products that will be produced in the state, including foodgrains, fruits and vegetables, would be purchased by them as well.

Benefits to farmers
To provide the latest techniques to the farmers of Jharkhand, Das also announced that the poor and marginal farmers in the state will now be able to get farm equipment at low prices for ploughing their land and harvesting.

Buoyed by response of the foreign delegates and the participating nations coupled with the enthusiasm shown by the 20,000-plus farmers who attended the two-day summit, he urged farmers in the state to quadruple their incomes till 2022, adding that Jharkhand will be first Indian state to achieve this goal.

Das also evoked the farmers to work on drip irrigation. On this occasion, he coined a new slogan, Prati Boond, Jyada Fasal. He said that by rainwater harvesting and drip irrigation, revolution could be brought in the field of cultivation in the state, adding that the state government has organised the summit to strengthen the rural economy.

The chief minister said that the agriculture growth rate of the agriculture sector, which was minus 4.5 per cent in the year 2013-14, has witnessed a jump of 19 per cent due to the hard work of the farmers of the state,adding that it presently stood at over 14 per cent.

He said that the results were an indication of the policies and the programmes which have been launched by the state government for the welfare of the farmers and improving their economic conditions.

Other dignitaries present at the occasion included agriculture minister Randhir Singh, chief secretary Sudhir Tripathi, principal secretary to chief minister Sunil Barnwal and agriculture secretary Pooja Singhal.
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