The three-day Global Rajasthan Agritech Meet (GRAM) 2016, organised by Government of Rajasthan and FICCI at Jaipur, which concluded on November 11, was a big hit in many ways. From fetching investment worth Rs 4,400 crore through 38 MoUs for different segments of agriculture sector to getting global best practices, the mega agri event provided 50,000 farmers from all parts of Rajasthan ample opportunities to get benefited at Jajam Baithaks/Chaupals ( Open Meetingh with Farmers). At these Chaupals experts and farmers exchanged views on Agricultural, Horticulture and Animal Husbandry practices.
The Chaupals were organised at open areas of the venue where a large number of farmers gathered to get experts’ views on variety of subjects. Farmers’ queries were also promptly answered by domain experts. Farmers got to know how to adopt multiple innovations in farming to increase efficiency, reduce costs and ensure sustainability.
On day one of the GRAM, after attending the Chaupal on Horticulture, Shivender Singh, a farmer of Romera village in Udaipur district, said, “ It was very interesting as I came to know about plantation of palm trees, conservation and techniques to extract the fruits. I am also excited about opportunity date farming offers. After going back to village, I will tell fellow villagers to adopt date farming with new techniques.”
On Day two, Shivpal from Rupwas in Bharatpur was equally excited after attending a session on Beekeeping techniques. He said, “ We are already doing well in beekeeping but today I got many tips which would help me in enhancing productivity. Experts views on black pest control in beekeeping were really an eyeopener.”
Addressing the Valedictory session, Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje said her government was committed to ensuring economic empowerment of farmers through accelerated and focused growth in agriculture and increasing the farmers' income twofold.
The Chief Minister, who herself visited several Chaupals to get farmers views, expressed satisfaction after getting a very good feedback from them. She said, “ It was the Chaupal which inspired me to take the GRAM at division and district level. The government would soon organise GRAM like event at division or district level with the help of FICCI.”
The three-day mega agri-event was organised jointly by the state government and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI). It has been conceived as a platform to transform and catalyse sustainability and economic viability of farming.