Rupani launches Agri Diversification Project for tribal farmers in Gujarat
Gandhinagar, June 28, 2021
The Agriculture Diversification Project (ADP) of Tribal Development Department (TDD) of the Government of Gujarat was recently launched in the state to encourage farmers to shift from less profitable to more profitable and sustainable cropping systems.
The project involves distribution of quality agri-inputs like seeds (maize and vegetable) and organic & chemical fertilizers along with pre- and post-harvest training to tribal beneficiaries.
GSFC Agrotech Ltd (GATL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Gujarat State Fertilizers & Chemicals Ltd (GSFC), established in 2012, is the nodal implementation agency for TDD, and Sardar brand fertilizers are distributed in this scheme.
The project was inaugurated by Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani through video conference here on June 22 in the presence of Tribal Development Minister Ganpatbhai Vasava and senior state government officials.
GSFC Managing Director Mukesh Puri was also present at the event, which was jointly organized and coordinated by GATL and GSFC.
Speaking on the occasion, Rupani said more than 1,26,000 tribal farmers of 14 tribal-dominated districts of the state would get benefits under the scheme. He said the tribal farmers would get fertilizer and seed assistance of a total of Rs 31 crore under the scheme. Under fertilizer assistance, kits of 45 kg of urea and 50 kg of phosphate rich organic manure (PROM) would be provided.
The Chief Minister said that, in the last ten years, an assistance of Rs 250 crore has been provided to 10 lakh tribal farmers under the scheme.
Under the scheme, seeds of crops like maize, bitter gourd, bottle gourd, tomato, brinjal and bajra are also provided which has increased the income of tribal farmers.
Rupani said organic farming should be encouraged in the state. He said the state government was making efforts in this direction and was planning to make Dang district a completely organic farming district.