Bhopal, February 15, 2013: Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has exhorted farmers to make agriculture profitable by adopting modern techniques. Farm mechanisation is being promoted in the state. Shri Chouhan was addressing a convention of progressive farmers here today. The programme was organised by John Dyer’s Company.
Shri Chouhan said that farmers’ contribution is important in country’s progress. Farmers produce food grains, which cannot be manufactured in factories. He said that every possible effort has been made to make agriculture profitable in the state. Irrigation capacity has been increased from 7 lakh hectares to 25 lakh hectares. For reaching out water upto fields, new canals have been constructed and old ones repaired and schemes like Narmada-Kshipra Link Project have been launched. Arrangements are afoot to supply power to villages round-the-clock. Now, farmers will have to pay electricity bills only twice a year. Diversification of crops and mechanisation of agriculture is necessary for increasing production constantly. Madhya Pradesh’s agriculture growth rate has been 18.9 percent.
John Dyer’s Global Chairman Shri Sam Allen said that commitment towards farmers regarding modern technique is continuing. Priority is being given to farmers’ skill development. John Dyer’s President Shri Mark Vaughn said that farmers can earn more profit by reducing cost. For this, they will have to develop an effective system. At the outset, John Dyer’s Managing Director Shri Satish Nadekar delivered the welcome address while Shri Mukul Varshney proposed a vote of thanks.
Additional Chief Secretary and Agriculture Production Commissioner Shri M.M. Upadhyay and Additional Chief Secretary Shri P.K. Dash were also present on the occasion.