(Left) Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways and Shipping and Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Nitin Gadkari lighting the traditional lamp to inaugurate the conference on Sunday. Also seen are Ravi Boratkar, Dr C D Mayee and others. (Right) The flower show organised at the Agrovision. (Pic by Satish Raut)
Business Bureau :
FOREST based processing industrial units of honey, fruits, herbs and related vegetation would bring employment opportunities to tribals and farmers, leading to prosperity of villages said Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways and Shipping and Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Nitin Gadkari. He was speaking at the ‘MSME and Processing Industry’ conference organised at Suresh Bhat Hall, Reshimbagh under the national exhibition -- Agrovision on Sunday. Anand Sherkhane, Additional Development Commissioner of Mantralay, P M Parlewar, Director of MSME-DI, Nagpur, Nitin Lonkar, President of MIA, Shivkumar Rao, President of VED, Ravindra Boratkar, Agrovision Committee Member, Girish Gandhi, Dr C D Mayee, Sagar Mehra, Joint Secretary of Central Fishery Ministry, Chandrashekhar Shegaonkar, President of MIA, Ramesh Mittal and other dignitaries were present at the conference. “Agriculture based industries should be established so that farmers prosper and farming becomes beneficial. This is the main intention in organising such sessions”, said Gadkari. Vidrabha is bifurcated in fresh water and brackish water sectors. The fresh water area is more as compared to the brackish water area. Thus, this becomes the core region for best prawns production. Gadchiroli, Gondia, Bhandara have many lakes wherein the prawns production could be taken up on a large scale.
This will give immense opportunity to export prawns to foreign countries and especially gulf countries. A proper plan of action regarding this needs to be made, he added. “Currently rice clusters are being made at Ramtek and Pawni and the produce is exported to foreign countries. Bamboo is now classified under grass category which has simplified the related processes.
There is need to bring in honey production and honey processing units. Allied business of honey, legumes etc., would prove beneficial to farmers,” he pointed out. Cotton growing talukas have been distributed with solar charkha’s to give impetus to this sector. Also fly ash from power plants could be used in brick making after required processing, he said. All these projects and models can help to provide structure for business, industries and de- centralisation of industries, said Gadkari. Dr P M Parlewar, Director MSME-DI, Nagpur gave detailed information on various schemes available under MSME.