Business Bureau :
Union Minister Nitin Gadkari expressed confidence that there is ample scope for export in Vidarbha and social and economic development of farmers is possible only through quality export potential. He was speaking at the Agriculture Conference jointly organized by the Agrovision Foundation and APEDA at the Hotel Center Point on Saturday on the theme ‘Export Opportunities for Vegetables, Fruits and Agricultural Products in Vidarbha’. APEDA President Dr M Angamuthu, Director, Citrus Fruit Research Project Dr Dilip Ghosh, APEDA Director Tarun Bajaj, MAFSU Vice Chancellor Dr Ashish Paturkar, Chairman of the Advisory Committee of Agrovision and an agricultural expert. C D Mayee, Secretary Ravindra Boratkar, Ramesh Mankar and retired District Collector Ravindra Thakare were also present. Gadkari said that the situation of farmers in Vidarbha is dire as agriculture is not profitable.
“Agriculture will be profitable if their goods get the right price. In Vidarbha, production of oranges, sweet oranges, lemons, cotton, custard apple, saffron etc. is more. But at present its export is not enough. If it is cultivated, graded, packaged and branded according to international standards, the fruits of Vidarbha will et the status of table fruit and if it is maintained according to international standards, it will be accepted abroad and farmers will benefit from it,” he said. Ravindra Boratkar, President of Agrovision Foundation gave the opening remark. A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between APEDA and the Citrus Fruit Research Project, and an agreement was signed between the University of Animal and Fisheries Sciences and APEDA on milk and livestock and aquatic products.