In a significant move to give momentum to development and provide relief to cotton growing farmers in the region, the Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis announced setting up of eight new textile units in Vidarbha soon. “For strengthening formers financially, along with the facilities of irrigation the setting up of processing units for their produce is necessary. Therefore, in the coming days the stress will be on establishing processing units at various places in Vidarbha. Priority is to set up textile industries in cotton belts of Vidarbha and Marathwada. One of the units will be beginning in Nandgaon within 15 days. Thereafter, eight textile units will be set up in Yavatmal and other districts soon,” declared Fadnavis.
The Chief Minister was speaking after inaugurating the Agriculture Development Exhibition and Workshop being held at Scienscore Ground in Amravati. Other dignitaries present on the occasion include Transport Minister Divakar Raote, Cooperation and Marketing Minister Chandrakant Patil, Amravati Guardian Minister Pravin Pote, Minister of State For Revenue Sanjay Rathod, Minister of State For Home Ranjit Patil, Minister of State For Planning and Finance Deepak Kesarkar, MLAs Sunil Deshmukh, Ravi Rana, Shrikant Deshpande, Ramesh Bundile, Additional Chief Secretary of Agriculture Department Sudhirkumar Goyal, Zilla Parishad President Satish Uike, Amravati Mayor Rina Nanda and others.
Speaking further, Fadnavis said, “There is no substitute for irrigation. Therefore, the stress will be on completing irrigation projects in Vidarbha so that farmers could do farming in better way in the coming days. For this objective, Rs 3500 crore have been made available. All the irrigation facilities will be provided to the farmers,” said the Chief Minister.
Fadnavis said the farmers in the region were ravaged by unseasonal rains and hailstorms in the past five months. The State Government in order to not to leave farmers in the lurch immediately provided relief to them and Rs 8000 crore were distributed to them. This is interim relief. More and more financial help and other facilities will be provided the distressed farmers, announced Fadnavis.