At least one farmer from each of the 671 districts in India will be felicitated at the Vibrant Gujarat Global Agriculture Summit-2013 to be held by the Narendra Modi government at Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar from September 9. Farmers will be felicitated by the government for progressive and innovative work in the field.
“Teams of officials were dispatched to each and every state in India to select a farmer from each district. We relied on the Indian Council of Agricultural Research reports, local governments and NGOs to find out progressive farmers. The list is ready. In all, 671 farmers, representing 671 districts in India, will be felicitated at Kisan Panchayat, which is part of the summit,’’ said a top official from agriculture department.
Agritech Asia, an international firm, along with Gujarat Chambers of Commerce and event management firm PWC, has been contacting farmer groups in various Indian states, corporates, NGOs and companies from across the world to be part of the event.
The summit will see seminars and kisan panchayats as well as international exhibitions on agricultural technology and equipment. The event is being seen as a platform that will give Modi an opportunity to publicise the double-digit agricultural growth rate of Gujarat. To mobilise local farmers, cooperatives, local councillors and NGOs are being roped in to make sure 50,000 footfall per day at the three-day event.
Besides, the state government has also been trying to get maximum four other farmers from each district to be part of the summit. All the expenses, including travelling, board and lodging, will be sponsored by the Gujarat government.
However, the government is yet to decide how it will reward the farmer. “There could be an award or prize or both. The details are yet to be decided,” said an official. The summit will also give Modi a chance to push his agenda of collecting iron pieces from farmers from villages across India to build the 182-metre high statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel that, when built, will be the tallest statue in the world. The summit will also help Modi kickstart his election campaign as iron collection is believed