Nabard to aid Atmanirbhar Bharat, Atmanirbhar Gujarat in agriculture, irrigation, women’s uplift, fisheries, watershed projects

New Delhi

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani today described the relation between Gujarat Government and National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Nabard) as the best one during his meeting with Nabard Chairman G. R. Chintala here today. Gujarat’s Minister of State for Agriculture Jaydrathsinh Parmar, Minister of State for Co-operation Ishwarsinh Patel, Chief Secretary Anil Mukim, senior officers of Gujarat Government, Nabard Gujarat’s Chief General Manager Mishra and other officers were also present during the meeting.

Rupani said that Gujarat is a leading state in the matter of development. He placed on record Nabard’s major contribution to Gujarat in IRDF, warehousing infrastructure, agricultural infrastructure and micro irrigation. He discussed with Chintala how to Nabard can take active part in helping Prime Minister make India a 5-trillion dollar economy and self-reliant Atmanirbhar Bharat, Atmanirbhar Gujarat in agriculture, irrigation, fisheries, watershed and particularly women’s empowerment and uplift. Rupani said that fund has never been a criterion in any development work in the state, not even during the novelcorona virus pandemic, and he expected to get continued assistance from Nabard during the future projects like farmers directly exporting famous Kesar mango through block chain technology, UV radiation, Geo-mapping.

Chintala said that Nabard plans to start 39 new Farmers Producers Organisations (FPOs) in Gujarat this year. The apex rural bank has so far extended Rs.16,000-crore for different projects, Rs.9,000-cr for the Narmada canal-based SAUNI project for Saurashtra region, Rs.61.93-crore for 86 watershed projects spread over 56,418 hectare to benefit 37,000 families, Rs.180-cr for 52 tribal development projects for 43,000 families in 13 predominantly tribal districts in the state, helping Amul, Banas, Sabar and Madhur Dairies in dairy development infrastructure. Nabard handed over to the Gujarat Chief Minister two approval letters for Rs.22-lakh assistance to two farmers to set up organic spice seeds park for fennel seeds in Banaskantha district and cumin seeds in Patan district.