The government will provide fallow land for cultivation: Government fallow lands will be leased for horticultural-medicinal cultivation for a period of 30 years, no rent will be charged for the first five years. Kutch-Surendranagar-Patan-Sabarkantha-Banaskantha five districts included in the first phase of the scheme.
Govt’s move to double farmer’s income by giving more impetus to horticulture and medicinal crops in the state. Approximately 50,000 acres of non-arable land will be cultivated across the state. The list of land blocks for allotment of land in a transparent manner will be made public on the i-farmer portal Leaseholders for the project will be given priority assistance as per the existing standards for the modern technological drip-sprinkler-fountain system.
Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has announced the ‘Mukhyamantri Horticulture Development Mission’ as an important step with a concrete result-oriented plan to expand the cultivation of horticultural as well as medicinal crops with the holistic development of the agriculture and horticulture sector by making a historic decision to increase the cultivable land of the state. The Chief Minister’s Horticulture Development Mission aims to increase the export-export ratio and create new employment opportunities by allocating government cultivated lands in various districts of the state on a long-term lease for 30 years to earn more income from horticultural and medicinal crops. Stated to be.
Gujarat is leading in agricultural growth rate in the country
Announcing the mission, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani further said that agricultural development is a challenge in the state due to arid and semi-arid as well as saline coastal areas. However, with its unique ability to turn disaster into opportunity, the government has kept Gujarat at the forefront of the country’s agricultural growth rate in terms of the agricultural festival, soil hold card, water conservation campaign, drip irrigation, seven steps farmer welfare, Kisan Suryodaya Yojana Mukhyamantri Pak Sangraha Yojana.
Gujarat contributes 9.20% to the total production of fruits and vegetables in the country
He said that out of 196 lakh hectares of land in the state, 50 percent or 98 lakh hectares of land is under cultivation and there is ample potential for cultivation of horticultural and medicinal crops in fallow and non-fertile lands. In Gujarat, in the year 2019-20, with the planting of fruits in 4.46 lakh hectares and production of 92.61 lakh metric tons, it has contributed 9.20% to the total production of fruits and vegetables in the country.
North Gujarat and Kutch emerged as hubs of crops including pomegranate, guava, kharek
The Chief Minister added that the total cultivation of crops in Gujarat is gradually increasing by about 20,000 hectares. Especially areas of North Gujarat and Kutch have emerged as hubs of crops like pomegranate, guava, kharek, papaya. As a result of the state government’s promotion of agricultural technology, irrigation facilities and farmer friendly policies, even arid, semi-arid or saline areas have become green with agricultural production.
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Implementation in Kutch, Surendranagar, Patan, Banaskantha and Sabarkantha
Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said that as a result of the success of the scheme of providing irrigation water especially in the districts like Kutch, Banaskantha, Patan, Sabarkantha and Surendranagar, the non-fertile lands of these areas have also been converted into orchards with the use of modern technology.
He said that now the state government has taken the initiative of this CM Horticulture Development Mission to regenerate the non-fertile barren-barren government lands in these districts with the help of state-of-the-art technology through horticultural medicinal crop enrichment and double the income of farmers. The first phase of the CM Horticulture Development Mission will be implemented in five districts of the state – Kutch, Surendranagar, Patan, Banaskantha and Sabarkantha, he said.
The Chief Minister said that under this mission, approximately 20,000 hectares of land determined by the state government and survey number from the non-fertile government fallow land in the state for horticultural and medicinal crops would be allotted on a 30-year lease for such crops only. As a result, proper use of non-fertile government fallow lands will be encouraged to increase the cultivation of fruits, vegetables, spices and medicinal crops. Gujarat’s contribution to the country’s GDP will be at the forefront as new employment opportunities arise by increasing the state’s agricultural production and income.