'Guj farmers have excelled despite Centre's injustice'
The Centre has ruined farmers and the agriculture sector in the country with its anti-farmer policies, Modi said.
Banaskantha: Holding the Union government responsible for the sorry state of farmers and agriculture in the country, chief minister Narendra Modi on Sunday claimed that despite the "injustice", Gujarat farmers have excelled with record agri and dairy production.
"The Central government has ruined farmers and the agriculture sector in the country with its anti-farmer policies. It has also mislead the farmers who will never forgive them," Modi alleged while speaking at a function.
"Despite the Centre's injustice and wrongdoings, Gujarat has achieved record production in agriculture and dairy industry," he claimed. Modi said that it was only Gujarat that has taken the right path for the prosperity of the farmers leading to 11 per cent growth in agriculture against the national average of three per cent.
The chief minister also criticised the UPA government for its policy on export of mutton and said, "On the one hand the Congress in Gujarat is making uproar over cow protection, while on the other hand Central government gives subsidy to export of mutton, while imposing tax on cotton exports."
Modi also challenged the Gujarat Congress over their allegation of giving away grazing land to industries. "In the past 40 years, the governments that were in power snatched fertile land from Ankleshwar to Vapi in south Gujarat to make way for industries. Whereas the present government has set up industries in the coastal areas and on arid land which has led to prosperity of the people of those regions," the chief minister said.
Modi alleged that the Congress party in Gujarat had never cared for the industries in north Gujarat, Saurashtra and Kutch regions, but the initiatives of his government has created lot of job opportunities in these regions.
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