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MP govt to launch two projects to link village industries with global market

The Madhya Pradesh government on Wednesday announced two ambitious projects to link the state's village industries with the global market through information technology so that artisans and farmers get better returns for their work.

bhopal Updated: Jun 24, 2015 20:08 IST
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The Madhya Pradesh government on Wednesday announced two ambitious projects to link the state's village industries with the global market through information technology so that artisans and farmers get better returns for their work.

The two projects are: Madhya Pradesh Gramadyog Global and Madhya Pradesh Horticulture Swarn Kranti Mission.

Principal secretary of horticulture, food processing, cottage and village industries Pravir Krishn announced them during a media workshop on these projects.

Krishn said the MP Gramadyog Global project worth Rs 450 crore would be launched on July 1.

"Under this project, we will link our popular products like Chanderi and Maheshwari saris, bell metal products and Kabira Khadi, among others, with the global market and make them available under the same roof in our 50 showrooms and 50 hotels of the State Tourism Development Corporation. We will link these products with online stores so that international buyers can buy them," he said.

He said 30 lakh farmers would be linked with a farmer tracking system, which will help the government obtain details about a particular farmer such as the product produced by him/her and the fertilisers used by the farmer.

Krishn said they also had plans to form a village-level Gram Udyaan Samitis in 52,000 villages of the state, with 10 to 15 members in each of these samitis.

"We have 307 nurseries spread over 3,500 hectares in the state. Each of these nurseries will be linked with 2,000 farmers for producing horticulture crops every year. In the next two years, we plan to link 15 lakh farmers with our project," he said.

Krishn said apart from mega food parks, they would also set up mini and micro food parks in the state.

"We are also making efforts to ensure that buyers can purchase our products directly from our outlets in the state," he said.

Elaborating on the MP Horticulture Swarn Kranti Mission, Krishn said the project would encourage the cultivation of horticulture crops, which was profitable as it could provide profits in the range of `2 to 20 lakhs per acre annually.

"We have fixed a target to increase the production of horticulture crops from 250 to 500 lakh metric tonne and increase the area under horticulture from 15 to 30 lakh hectares," he said.