CM inaugurates summit on ‘Cimate resilient mountain agriculture’
Dehradun Uttarakhand Chief Minister Mr. Trivendra Singh Rawat on Wednesday inaugurated a summit on ‘climate resilient mountain agriculture’ being organised under Uttarakhand Decentralised watershed development scheme by lighting of ceremonial lamp at FRI Dehradun.
On the occasion, Chief Minister Mr. Trivendra Singh Rawat honoured Pradhans of nine gram panchayats in which they have performed exceptionally well while completing various projects in different areas like women’s participation in gram samiti, water harvesting, water conservation, treatment of water sources among others.
Pradhans of Upper talai, Raipur block of Dehradun district and Malad gram panchayat, Dhauladevi block of Almora district secured first position followed by pradhan of Bheskhal, Munsiyari block of Pithoragarh district. Pradhans of remaining six gram panchayats stood at third position.
During programme, CM Rawat has released ‘Kendrabhisaran’ and ‘Climate Resilience Initiative’ based on rural development related central and state government sponsored schemes, published by Watershed Management Directorate.
Chief Minister said that this seminar focused on important issue of climate change and specialists would discuss it deeply. He said that in an era of change we would have to change ourselves also. Today, thinking has to be changed. Value addition to agricultural products is needed to increasing the economic value of the agricultural products as value addition of products is the demand of the market. Women of the Bageshwar district had grabbed the attention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi who shared their success story with the people of the country in his radio talk ‘Mann ki Baat’. The women of the district opted the route of value addition and prepared mandwa biscuit from local agriculture products.
He said that in Badrinath Dham also, such a practice was adopted. Here women self-help group had prepared Prasad for the temple from local products like ‘mandwa’, ‘chaulia’, ‘Kuttu’. In the last season, Prasad worth Rs 19 lakh was sold and they earned profit of Rs nine lakh from Prasad.
In Ghes village of Chamoli district, organic farming of peas would be promoted. In peas farming, farmers of Ghes earned profit upto five to eight times.
CM said that the demand of aromatic plant has increased significant. Spicy farming in the state would be encouraged. He said that tourism in Nainital district has succeeded.
Chief Minister Rawat said that Uttarakhand has limited agriculture land and most of the agriculture land lacked irrigation facility. Modern technology based farming activities will have to be encouraged. In mountainous districts, focus should be laid on growing unseasonal fruits and vegetables. Others present on the occasion were Uttarakhand Watershed Management minister Satpal Maharaj, MLA Harbans Kapoor, Padamshri Dr Shekhar Pathak, Principal Secretary Manisha Panwar, director Forest research Dehradun Dr Savita, Porject director Neena Grewal and others.