Prime Minister Narendra Modi virtually inaugurated the National Institute of Biotic Stress Management (NIBSM) at Raipur.
Raipur: It is worthwhile to mention, a high-level committee had recommended the opening of this national-level institute to strengthen agricultural research and education.
The Prime Minister appreciated the efforts being made in Chhattisgarh for protecting crops from the effects of climate change and profitable farming.
The Prime Minister appreciated the purchase of cow dung in the Gothans constructed in the village under the Suraji Gaon Yojna under the Godhan Nyay Yojana and the state government’s plan to generate electricity along with organic fertilizers from it. Prime Minister said that the farmers should not be restricted to the profits they get from crops rather they should be motivated for value addition to it.
He emphasized promoting crop production according to the local weather conditions. The Prime Minister appreciated the Mission Millet started by the Government of Chhattisgarh to promote small cereal crops (millets) in the state of Chhattisgarh. Prime Minister also dedicated 35 varieties of crops with special qualities to the nation on this occasion.
Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel attended the inauguration of the new campus of NIBSM through video conferencing. While congratulating all the people including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Baghel said that Chhattisgarh will have wide participation in the awareness campaign being launched by the Government of India for the promotion of climate tolerance techniques and methods. He said that many steps have been taken to reduce the effects of climate change in Chhattisgarh.
Efforts are being made to improve the rural economy by conserving natural resources and better use of local resources through Narva, Garwa, Ghurva, Bari. Initiatives have been taken to make agriculture prosperous through Godhan Nyay Yojana and Rajiv Gandhi Kisan Nyay Yojana. The Chief Minister said that now the state is going to start power generation from cow dung from October 2. Agriculture Minister Ravindra Choubey was also present on the occasion.
Former Chief Minister Dr. Raman Singh and Leader of Opposition Dharamlal Kaushik also attended the inauguration programme through video conferencing and congratulated the Prime Minister on the occasion. Dr Singh said that the NIBSM will certainly prove a boon to strengthen agricultural research and education.