Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged farmers to go beyond crops to explore new opportunities to increase their income while addressing the Sahakar Sammelan in Amreli, Gujarat on Friday. He suggested them to focus on lesser conventional ways and to invest in harvesting honey and planting timber.
Talking about Gujarat's White Revolution, the prime minister said that he believed it was time for a "madhu kranti" or a sweet revolution. Batting for the sweet revolution, he said that it had the potential to change the lives of farmers in all of Saurashtra, a peninsular region in western India which covers 11 districts of Gujarat.
The Blue Revolution and Sweet Revolution have the potential to transform lives of people in Saurashtra: PM Modi in Amreli pic.twitter.com/xwpl1SWpiv
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On 'blue revolution', Modi said Gujarat has the largest coastline in the country and the Saurashtra region can benefit heavily from water-based transport. He said sending goods through waterways can bring down transportation cost. Modi said goods from Saurashtra could be sent to ports in Visakhapatnam or Kolkata.
Modi, who arrived Amreli on a one-day visit, also inaugurated a new market yard of Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC), Amar Dairy plant, and College of Diary Science.
The prime minister also laid the foundation stone of a honey production centre in the city. At the rally, he emphasised that the Centre was putting all its efforts to make sure that the income of farmers increases by 2022.
He also asked farmers to adopt drip irrigation and solar power for drawing underground water, saying it will reduce cost and yield more benefits. Modi also stressed on cattle rearing and increasing milk productivity in every milch animal.
"I urge farmers to move beyond traditional methods and go for innovation. They should explore opportunities related to timber farming," he added.
The prime minister also mentioned that the co-operative sector in the region was booming and should be brought forward. He appreciated the efforts of young leaders in the field with whose efforts the sector has risen.
Modi, who celebrated his 67th birthday on Sunday, also inaugurated the controversial Sardar Sarovar Dam and the Statue of Unity in Gujarat. Modi inaugurated the two projects amid rallies. After his Amreli visit, Modi is scheduled to fly back to New Delhi.
With inputs from PTI
Updated Date: Sep 17, 2017 18:33 PM