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Successful Surat Model of natural farming can be model for entire India, says PM Modi

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that the successful Surat Model of natural farming can become a model for the entire country.

Addressing a massive gathering at the natural farming conclave in Surat via video conferencing, PM Modi said, “The success of Surat in connecting 75 farmers in every panchayat with natural farming is going to become an example for the entire country.”

He highlighted the role of Sarpanches and congratulated the farmers for moving ahead in the direction of a natural way of farming.

He pointed out that the panchayats played a concerted role in selecting 75 farmers from every panchayat and hand-holded them with training and other resources. This has led to a situation where more than 40 thousand farmers in 550 panchayats have become involved in natural farming. This is a great beginning and is very encouraging. The Surat Model of natural farming can become a model for the entire country, he explained.

The Prime Minister said, “the basis of progress and speed of the country is the spirit of  ‘Sabka Prayas’, which is leading this development journey of ours.”

He said that today’s programme is an indication of how Gujarat is leading the country’s resolution of achieving the goals of the Amrit Kaal.

The Prime Minister remarked that when big projects are undertaken with the power of people’s participation then their success is ensured by the people of the country themselves. He gave the example of the Jal Jeevan Mission where people were given a key role in the project.

“Similarly, the extraordinary success of the Digital India Mission is also the country's answer to those who used to say that bringing change in the village is not easy. Our villages have shown that villages can not only bring change but can also lead the change.”

The Prime Minister emphasized that India has been an agriculture based country by nature and culture. Therefore, as our farmer progresses, as our agriculture progresses and prospers, so will our country progress.”

The Prime Minister pointed out that the entire world is talking about a sustainable lifestyle. “This is one area where India has led the world for centuries, therefore, now is the time when we move forward on the path of natural farming and take full advantage of the global opportunities that are emerging”, he added.

PM Modi also talked about the measures taken by the government for promoting natural farming in the form of schemes like  ‘Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Scheme’ that are providing resources and training for traditional farming. As many as 30,000 clusters have been created all over the country under the scheme for the benefit of the lakhs of farmers.

Natural farming, the Prime Minister said, has been linked with the Namami Gange project as a separate campaign has been undertaken to create a natural farming corridor along the Ganga river.

The Prime Minister also informed about the quality assurance system for certification of produce of natural farming. He also said that certified products fetch good prices when farmers export them.

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