Bhopal : Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that the hard work of farmers has become the basis of the economy in the difficult conditions of Corona. The rich foodgrain production in the state last year has strengthened not only the state but also the country. The state government is making every effort to double the income of the farmers. By combining Farming-Animal Husbandry-Horticulture-Fisheries, diversification of crops through Cooperatives, food processing, packaging and proper marketing the state’s products will make splash not only in the country but all over the world. Chief Minister Shri Chouhan was addressing the state level Mission Earth Programme at Minto Hall on completion of one year of Madhya Pradesh government.
Chief Minister Shri Chouhan digitally dedicated the country’s second state-of-the-art semen production laboratory established at Bhadbhada, Bhopal at a cost of Rs 47 crore 50 lakh. As many as 985 community cowsheds built at various gram panchayats at a cost of Rs 260 crore were dedicated and foundation stone of 145 community cowsheds to be built at a cost of Rs 50 crores was laid. Chief Minister Shri Chouhan dedicated 33 power sub-stations and also performed bhoomi pujan of four sub-stations in the Mission Earth Programme. Their total cost is Rs 1530 crore. Chief Minister Shri Chouhan dedicated 80 lakh saplings grown by self-help groups in horticulture nurseries to the people of the state. Along with this, cheques were also distributed to beneficiaries of Farmers Producer Organizations and Agriculture Infrastructure Fund.
In the programme which started with kanya pujan and Madhya Pradesh Anthem, Animal Husbandry and Dairy Minister Shri Prem Singh Patel, Farmers Welfare and Agriculture Development Minister Shri Kamal Patel, Panchayat and Rural Development Minister Shri Mahendra Singh Sisodia, Energy Minister Shri Pradyumna Singh Tomar, Horticulture and Food Processing Minister Shri Bharat Singh Kushwaha and MLA Shri Rameshwar Sharma were present. All the districts were digitally connected to the state level programme. A short film based on the state-of-the-art Semen Production Laboratory set up in Bhopal was also presented.
Gobar shilp idol and book presented
Chief Minister Shri Chouhan was presented a book ‘Cow Our Ultimate Saviour’ and a Gobar shilp idol by Animal Husbandry Minister Shri Prem Singh Patel. At this, Chief Minister Shri Chouhan said that such innovations from cow dung are beyond one’s imagination. These activities suggest that our cow sheds will be self-reliant.
Government and society have to battle collectively against Corona
Chief Minister Shri Chouhan said that the state government and society have to fight together against the Corona infection. The use of masks must be followed seriously, and must not be taken lightly at any cost. He appealed to the people of the country to come forward through self-motivation for vaccination. Chief Minister Shri Chouhan said that lockdown is not being imposed so that the economy is not affected. The cooperation of all is necessary to control Corona.
Farmers must sell their produce in the market only when they get more than the support price
Chief Minister Shri Chouhan said that Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi gave the mantra of Atmanirbhar Bharat in the Corona period. In this chain, the road map of Atmanirbhar Madhya Pradesh was developed. Economy and employment are the basis of this road map. The youth and farmers of the state have the capacity, talent and merit. Farmer Producer Organizations will become a symbol of unity, initiative and progress of farmers. Chief Minister Shri Chouhan said that farmers should sell their produce in the market only if they get more than the support price. The state government will buy every single grain of the farmers. Chief Minister Shri Chouhan said that ventures like Semen Laboratory, Farmers Producer Organization, Agriculture Infrastructure Fund Scheme, Mukhyamantri Gau Seva Yojana, Unique ID for Cattle will write a new chapter in the field of agriculture and animal husbandry in the state.
Animal Husbandry and Dairy Minister Shri Prem Singh Patel and Farmers Welfare and Agriculture Development Minister Shri Kamal Patel also addressed the programme. Additional Chief Secretary Animal Husbandry Shri J.N. Kansotiya presented an outline of the programme.
Semen Production Laboratory
The Sex sorted Semen Production laboratory established at Bhadbhada Bhopal will facilitate sex sorted production of high heritability Desi cows like Gir, Sahiwal, Tharparkar and murra breeds of buffaloes. With its consumption, 90 percent female calves will be born, which will increase milk production due to rise in number of cows and buffaloes of high genetic quality. Unnecessary expenditure will be saved in the upbringing of calves. The number of destitute animals will also be limited.
Farmer Producer Organizations (FPO)
FPOs are constituted with a minimum of 300 to 500 farmer members. As many as 418 FPOs of the state are working in various commercial sectors like seed production, procurement, processing, milk production, poultry farming, honey production, marketing etc. FPOs are being benefitted under the Agriculture Infrastructure Fund scheme.
Madhya Pradesh first in Agriculture Infrastructure Fund Scheme
Under this scheme, agricultural entrepreneurs, FPOs, startups, self-help groups, etc. who wish to take loan from banks for construction of agricultural infrastructure, are provided loans up to a limit of Rs two crores. This financial assistance is being provided to them for cold storage, cold chain, warehouse, silo, pack house, grading and packaging unit, logistics facility, e-ripening chamber, etc. Under this scheme, Madhya Pradesh ranks first in the entire country.
Madhya Pradesh ranks first in the country by giving unique ID to two crore 45 lakh bovine
The cattle of the state will also have a unique ID now. Under the scheme, the cattle will have tags in their ear. A twelve-digit number is inscribed on the tag which is being updated in the Enough Software. The software will have an account of the cattle which will also be available online. So far, 2 crore 45 lakh cows and buffaloes have been tagged in the state. In this scheme, Madhya Pradesh ranks first in the entire country.