Modi lambasts centre on meat export policy



Valsad (Guj): Coming down heavily against the Centre for its policy on meat exports, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said it was committing a 'sin' by encouraging 'pink revolution'.

"While Gujarat was heading with green and white revolution, union government has adopted a policy of encouraging 'pink revolution'," Modi said while inaugurating 'Krushi Mahotsav' at Nana Pondha here.

He also challenged the Centre to achieve half of the agriculture growth Gujarat has shown in last few years. The state has clocked a double digit growth in agriculture over the last many years.

"Such anti-peasant policy would ruin the agriculture sector that was mainly supported by animal husbandry. Gujarat would never tolerate such an anti-farmer policy," he said.

Modi also announced that to encourage value addition in agro-industry, his government has decided to set up a high level committee to suggest measures for strengthening agro-infrastructure in Gujarat.

The committee will consist of renowned agro scientists, agronomists, progressive farmers and experts from the government side.

Outlining state's pro-agro policy Modi said, "We have set up 22 agriculture colleges in the state." "We plan to set up an agro-engineering college at Dediapada and a horticulture polytechnic at Dharampur, the tribal population dominated areas here," Modi said.

"We are planning to start an Agro Bio-Technology college in Surat that will help coming generations to adopt ultra modern and scientific methods in agriculture," he said. Slamming opposition Congress, Modi said that they have set up a 'Lie Manufacturing Factory' in the state.

Referring to state Congress leadership, Modi said that "they say farmers in Gujarat are ruined with the growth of industries here, but the fact is fertile land of South Gujarat (from Ankleshwar to Vapi) was allocated to industries by the past governments ruled by the Opposition".

"We have allotted barren land to industry and yet are reaping optimum results from it," Modi said.

Modi gave away cash awards of over Rs 60 lakh to 11 progressive farmers of south Gujarat, who have applied modern technology and new methods in agriculture.

Thousands of farmers from Surat, Narmada, Bharuch, Navsari, Valsad, Tapi and Dangs districts participated in this mega zonal agri fair.

PTI