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    Minister of State for Narmada Development Yogesh Patel at a function at Trimandir in Varnama provided free umbrellas to farmers in Vadodara district to help them grow vegetables and save their crops.

     The Department of Agriculture and Horticulture launched schemes to assist in the construction of barbed wire fences for security.

    Under CM Inspired Saat Pagla Khedut Kalyanna Scheme, applications of about 700 farmers for Umbrella Scheme and 622 applicants under Smart Tools Scheme have been accepted for availing the benefit.

    Minister Yogesh Patel on this occasion distributed the benefits of the scheme to the selected beneficiaries. He urged the farmers to take advantage of these schemes of the government committed for the welfare of the farmers to improve the farming and make it compensatory. He congratulated the Chief Minister as well as the Deputy Chief Minister for this plan.

    The schemes were initiated by former Minister Chhatra Singh Mori at Padra, former MLA Dinumama, Dilubha Chudasama, District Development Officer Kiran Zaveri and MLA Shailesh Mehta at Waghodia and Satish Patel Kherwadi of Khedut Morcha.

    The agriculture department official said the schemes would be useful in protecting crops and preventing spoilage when farmers have to bear 40 per cent wastage in various ways in vegetable and papaya crops.

    Informing that 56 lakh farmers are cultivating in the state, Minister Yogesh Patel said, the state government has formulated Mukhyamantri Kisan Sahay Yojana and kept the farmers free from the insolvency of insurance companies so that it would not be the turn of farmers to suffer from drought, excessive rains and Mavtha. To avail free insurance cover Rs. 3700 crore package has been implemented.

    The Gujarat government has implemented all such schemes so that the farmer can stand tall, keep the crop safe, sell at a fair price, take the crop to the market in his own vehicle, he informed.

    He requested the farmers not to be misled by any misleading propaganda as the state and central government is not anti-farmer but farmer friendly.

    Initially Deputy Director of Horticulture AK Patel welcomed all at the function. Kisan Morcha office bearers, Mamlatdar of Vadodara taluka, Taluka development officer, officials and beneficiaries of agriculture and horticulture department, farmers were present there.

    The online release of these schemes was telecast live by the Chief Minister in Gandhinagar.

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