Times of India | 2 months ago | 27-09-2022 | 05:47 am
GANDHINAGAR: The Congress had attempted to stall the Narmada project since 1964, but the efforts of Narendra Modi as Gujarat chief minister ensured that the project progressed rapidly, said Union home and cooperation minister Amit Shah said on Monday. He was speaking at a function at Bavla in Ahmedabad district to mark the linking of 164 villages with the Narmada irrigation network. Until now, these villages were out of the ambit of any government irrigation scheme. "These Congressmen made attempts since 1964 to stall the Narmada project. But after Narendra Modi became CM in Gujarat, the project progressed fast, which is why Narmada water has reached here," Shah told the gathering. The minister reiterated the Union government's move to set up an export house of a multi-state cooperative society, which will export farmers' produce. "We will build this society on the Amul model, and the profits will benefit farmers the most," the minister said at the function. He added that while testing, certification, and marketing systems for organic produce are still being put in place, the government is forming a cooperative society where organic farm products can be sold under the Amul brand name. He urged people to adopt natural farming. "We can nourish 21 acres of land with the help (the cow dung and urine) of one cow. With zero cost of urea and pesticide, the productivity through natural farming is 1.25 times more than what is achieved using chemical fertilisers," Shah said. "Farmers from the district must visit places where natural farming is being done successfully. I wish that over the next five years, no one will use urea in the district," he said. Shah also commented on the long pending issue of 164 villages in the vicinity of Nalsarovar lake being left out of irrigation schemes. "Several representations were made about this problem. When I assured Bhupendrasinh Chudasama that we would resolve the issue before 2024, he insisted that it should be done before the 2022 assembly election," he said.