Raipur: Chief minister Bhupesh Baghel said that the development of the agriculture sector and the welfare of farmers is the top priority of the Chhattisgarh government. Indira Gandhi Agricultural University is playing an important role in the development of new technologies in the field of agriculture, making them accessible to the farmers. Phytosanitary lab starting from today in the Agricultural University will play an important role in promoting the export of agricultural products of Chhattisgarh. Processing technology developed by agricultural scientists will now be deployed in rural industrial parks. The use of scientific research and modern technology is being promoted in the production of organic manure from cow dung, power generation, and value addition in Gauthans.
Chief minister Bhupesh Baghel on Friday inaugurated the buildings and other infrastructure built in Indira Gandhi Agricultural University at the cost of nearly Rs 30 crore. He inaugurated the newly constructed Krishi Vigyan Kendra Bhawan, Akti Biodiversity Museum, newly constructed Knowledge Center building and recording studio, and Phytosanitary laboratory located at Indira Gandhi Agricultural University campus. He also dedicated e-classrooms built in the girls hostel buildings and 16 agricultural colleges.
In addition, he launched the seeds of improved varieties of 8 crops including paddy, karat, soybean, maize, and raspberry. Baghel inaugurated the technology to isolate protein and glucose from rice developed by the university. Agriculture Minister Ravindra Choubey, Chairman of Chhattisgarh State Farmers Welfare Council Surendra Sharma, Chairman of Shakambri Board Ram Kumar Patel along with other senior officials and many agricultural scientists and professors participated virtually in the programme.
Chief minister further said that Chhattisgarh Government has taken several effective steps to give a new direction to the development of agriculture and to further strengthen the sector. Agriculture Scientists have made an important contribution in making the villages self-reliant. We are working towards making the villages self-dependent as per Mahatma Gandhi's vision of 'Gram Swaraj'. He said that the Agriculture University has developed the technology for processing various agricultural products, which will be used in the Rural Industrial Park being set up in the villages. The processing of agricultural products and minor forest produce products will not only boost the income of the farmers but will also make quality agricultural products available for the people of the state. Chhattisgarh will continue to be a leader in the supply of quality agricultural and minor forest produce-based products, said the chief minister.
Chief minister added that about 24000 varieties of paddy, 1009 varieties of tinvra, 2000 varieties of linseed have been displayed in the Akti Biodiversity Museum inaugurated today. A total of 30,878 varieties of different crops have been displayed in this museum. Besides, farmers of the state have registered more than 500 species with the Government of India. These species have also been put on display in the Biodiversity Museum. These species will be used for the development of new species. Since the establishment of the University, a total of 154 species of different crops have been developed till date.
Agriculture minister Ravindra Choubey said that under the leadership of chief minister Bhupesh Baghel, Chhattisgarh is poised to become the most prosperous state in the field of agriculture. He said that an amount of nearly Rs 25,000 to 30,000 crores is being provided to the farmers from the state budget through paddy procurement. The infrastructure developed in the Agricultural University will prove beneficial for the farmers, scientists, and students. The Vice-Chancellor of Agricultural University, Dr. S.K. Patil gave the welcome address. Agricultural scientists, university professors, and students also participated in the program virtually.