Ravin Jhunjhunwala’s take on Organic Farming University being set up in Gujarat
India’s first University focusing on organic farming and research is to be set up by the state government in Gujarat. A fund of Rs 10 crore has been earmarked by the state government for the university in the annual budget 2016-17. The location of the university is not yet decided by the government. Orind chairman Ravin Jhunjhunwala stated that the place near to agriculture Kamdhenu University in Gandhinagar district will prove to be an ideal location for setting up the university.
Chief Minister Anandiben Patel stated that, “Gujarat government has decided to set up country’s first university focusing organic farming. It is aimed to help farmers to switch to unconventional methods of farming. Farmers should now switch to organic farming and its ways from conventional method of farming.”
State agriculture minister Babubhai Bokhiria highlighted that Gujarat is most suited for organic farming as a significant portion of agricultural land in the state is rain fed. It has an easy access to abundant supply of water. The government has set up a special cell in order to ensure the implementation of its new organic farming policy and promote organic farming.
Talking about the Organic Farming based University, Orind chairman Ravin Jhunjhunwala said that, “It is a great initiative by the state government which is likely to boost Organic farming sector in India. It’ll aid the farmers in adopting unconventional, up to date and state-of-the-art methods of farming. It will prove to be a great learning opportunity for the young aspirants. “
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