“The Shri Nitin Gadkari Agriculture and Skill Development Centre established by Krishi Vikas Pratishthan at Thadipaoni village is a positive effort to transform the life of farmers in Vidarbha. The centre will help farmers to acquire new skills to convert agricultural produce into processed foods to improve their earnings,” said Governor of Assam and Meghalaya, Banwarilal Purohit.
Purohit was speaking as the chief guest at the inauguration of Shri Nitin Gadkari Agriculture and Skill Development Centre at Gandhi Ambedkar premises, Thadipaoni in Narkhed tehsil on Saturday. Maharashtra Energy Minister and Nagpur Guardian Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule presided over the function. Minister of Finance, Planning and Forest Sudhir Mungantiwar, Ramtek MP Krupal Tumane, Chimur MP Ashok Nete, Amravati MP Dr Sunil Deshmukh, MLA Dr Ashish Deshmukh; MLA Dr Anil Bonde, Kishore Dhariya, Dilip Gosal, Sudhakar Shetty, Nagpur Divisional Commissioner Anoop Kumar, Amravati Mayor Sanjay Narwane, businessman and industrialist Satyanarayan Nuwal, Dr Rajiv Potdar, Ramesh Mankar, Ukesh Chavan, former MP Pradip Gandhi and others shared the dais.
Purohit appreciated the dedication and devotion of Girish Gandhi, President of Krishi Vikas Pratishthan, for establishing the skill development centre for growth and development of farmers. He said, “Farmers in Vidarbha are suffering because of natural calamities. They mostly depend on dryfeed crops and depend heavily on rains. In addition to agriculture, it is necessary to encourage farmers to engage in supplementary businesses. Farmers are not getting suitable rates for their agricultural produce and so they have to face financial crisis.” In such a situation, this Centre would help farmers enhance their skills and encourage them to start their own units of processed foods, he opined.
Guardian Minister Bawankule said, “Farmers should get an income of Rs 3 to 4 lakh per acre. They should adopt new technology to increase agricultural production and this Centre will serve the purpose of imparting training to farmers in Vidarbha.” Expressing concern over the financial conditions of farmers of the region, Bawankule said, Maharashtra Government has always given importance to strengthening farmers of the State.
Through different schemes, the Government has taken care to make water, electricity and agricultural equipment available to farmers. He also discussed the scheme of agricultural pumps run on solar energy and plans to provide five star efficiency pumps to farmers in Vidarbha and Marathwada.
Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar said, “Development of farmers in the State is the prime agenda of Government. The Centre established by Girish Gandhi will become a prime centre for transformation of farmer’s life.”
MP Krupal Tumane and MLA Dr Ashish Deshmukh also spoke on the occasion.
In his introductory remarks, Girish Gandhi termed Nitin Gadkari as a great visionary in agriculture sector after Dr Panjabrao Deshmukh. Considering the contributions of Gadkari for development of agricultural sector, this new centre has been named after him, he explained. Journalist Bal Kulkarni conducted the proceedings while Bandopant Umarkar proposed a vote of thanks.
Ajay Patil, Anil Rathi, Someshwar Pusatkar, Adv Nishant Gandhi, Shivanand Wankhede, Prof Arun Wankhede, Sudhakar Kadu, Nitin Jatkar, Sarpanch Nilima Umarkar, Vijay Paliwal, Vijay Gandhi, Kamlesh Rathi welcomed the guests.
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