DEHRADUN: For the first time, high-quality chaunsa and langda mangoes produced by the cultivators of the state are being exported to Dubai. This is being done to promote local products and boost the economy of small farmers. An agriculture calendar has also been prepared for the same.
Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami on Friday flagged off the first consignment of these mangoes as well as honey and kidney beans (rajma) produced in Uttarakhand for Dubai and the US.
Dhami said, “The state’s products being sent for the international market in collaboration with Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) is a commendable initiative. In the coming time, there will be a qualitative increase for international marketing of local products of Uttarakhand.”
A total of 1.5 tonnes of mangoes, 28 tonnes of rajma and 80 tonnes of honey are being exported.
The CM added, “Special attention is being paid to branding, packaging and marketing of the products.” He said that more efforts are needed to promote local products. “In order to improve the livelihood of the farmers in the state and to make all the necessary arrangements more effective, agriculture calendar has also been prepared,” the CM pointed out.
In order to increase the economy of the small farmers of the state, a slew of efforts are being made for the development of the cluster through the department of cooperative, agriculture and horticulture.
Before the budget, a dialogue was held with the experts of the agriculture sector.
The CM said that efforts are afoot by the state government to fulfill the resolution taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to double the income of farmers.
The schemes related to agricultural welfare of the central and state governments are being taken to the last line of the society.
“In 2025, Uttarakhand will celebrate the silver jubilee of state foundation day. Till then, attention should be paid to what agriculture, horticulture, irrigation and other related departments can do as pilot projects for the livelihood enhancement of farmers,” said the CM.
“On the silver jubilee year of the state, all the departments will have to do such exemplary work, which will become a model for the country and the Himalayan states,” said Dhami.
Agriculture minister Ganesh Joshi said, “Target has been set to double the production in agriculture and horticulture in the state. Nurseries are being set up to provide high quality seedlings to the farmers.”