Ahmedabad, Feb 28 (PTI) Kamraj Chaudhary, a
progressive farmer from Gujarat”s Patan district who grows
drumsticks using micro-irrigation and organic farming
techniques, came in for praise from Prime Minister Narendra
Modi on Sunday.
In his monthly ”Mann Ki Baat” broadcast, Modi also
mentioned about a woman tour guide at the Statue of Unity in
Gujarat”s Narmada district who speaks fluent Sanskrit.
The PM said farmer Chaudhary from Lukhasan village in
Patan is an example of people who are expanding the scope of
science by taking it forward “with the mantra of lab to land”.
Later, talking to PTI over phone, Chaudhary said while
cultivating drumsticks on his land, he follows sustainable
farming practices, using organic fertilisers and ensuring that
no bees are killed with the use of pesticides.
“I practice organic farming and the quality of our
produce is much better than what you see in the market. We
develop seeds on our own, as the seeds that weget from the
market are of mixed quality,” he said.
The cultivator said they save around 15 to 20 kg seeds
for the purpose of cultivation and claimed the drumsticks
grown by him fetch a higher price than the market value.
“We sell our produce in West Bengal, Tamil Nadu and
Odisha at a higher price,” he said.
Chaudhary further said he has been growing drumsticks
since the last 10 years and has also received the support of
the local Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) in his efforts.
Horticulture specialists trained him and others from
the area in “scientific cultivation of drumstick,” using
micro-irrigation system and adopting an integrated nutrient
and pest management, as per the website of KVK in Patan.
Chaudhary is one of the KVK”s success stories who has
also “inspired and guided other farmers about drumstick
cultivation, as a result of which about 50 hectare area is
under drumstick cultivation in Sidhpur taluka of Patan,” the
KVK”s website said.
In his ”Mann Ki Baat” programme, Modi also shared a
clip of a woman tour guide speaking in Sanskrit about the
world”s tallest Statue of Unity at Kevadia in Narmada.
He said there are more than 15 guides who can speak
“India is a land of many languages that are a symbol
of our culture and pride,” he said.
Gujarat”s Additional Chief Secretary of Forest and
Environment Rajiv Gupta later in a tweet said several guides
at Kevadia speak in Sanskrit.
“Sanskrit is the oldest language of India. With the
inspiration of the Prime Minister, many guides at the Statue
of Unity in Kevadia speak Sanskrit after a few months of
training. Thank you Prime Ministerji,” he tweeted in Hindi.
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