Gujarat sets target to doubling farmers income via widening irrigation network
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 15-Apr-2017

Gandhinagar, April 15: Gujarat has set the target of doubling state’s milk, fish, and agricultural production by 2030 through widening the irrigation network. However, the state government has set this target in context with PM Modi’s promise of doubling the farmers' income.
However, according to the latest report agricultural output of cereals, pulses, fruits, vegetables, oil, and milk will double in Gujarat due to better irrigation facilities and the use of technology. Therefore, the government plans to raise the yield of cereals from the 2014 five-year average of 2.2 metric tonnes per hectare per year (MT/ha/annum) to 4.4 MT/ha/annum by 2030. It projects that the yield of pulses will rise from 0.9 MT/ha/annum to 1.2 MT/ha/annum.

Whereas, the fish output is projected to rise from 3.5 lakh MT to 7 lakh metric tonnes a year and milk production from 110.4 lakh metric tonnes to 200 lakh metric tonnes. In the same period, the government claims, vegetable yield will rise from 22.3 MT/ha/annum to 33.1 MT/ha/annum.

A senior officer said that the new action plan to increase agriculture, milk and fish production to double or more than double of current levels by 2030 has already been chalked out. All authorities under the agriculture department will be given yearly targets according to the plan to raise output. "By 2030, with the completion of the Sardar Sarovar dam project and the increase in acreage irrigated, agricultural output is expected to double from current levels," said the official.

Notably, Gujarat had achieved 35% of its prosperity before Modi became the Chief Minister of Gujarat. But after coming to the power, PM Modi the then Chief Minister of Gujarat brought a revolution and made the state a leading in industrial sectors like petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals, engineering, textiles, chemicals, dairy, cement, ceramics and gems and jewelry, to name a few.