Ranchi: The capital city will host a global agriculture and food summit in November.
Chief minister Raghubar Das made the announcement on Friday while directing officials to start the groundwork for the event at a meeting with the industry and agriculture department officials.
Final dates of the event are yet to be finalised.
"It will be held either at the mega sports complex or Dhurwa stadium," an official of state agriculture department said, adding that the event will project Jharkhand as an ideal destination for agricultural and food-related investments.
"The event is aimed at promoting agriculture and food processing sector in the state, exploring tie-ups for business cooperation and exports to double farmers' income. The focus will be on giving impetus to organic farming, which has a great potential but remains untapped due to the paucity of resources, know-how and other shortcomings. Farmers from different states and countries will be invited for the event," an official said.
Das also held a meeting with representatives of London's DM Capital and International Traceability System where he discussed the possibilities of setting up of vegetable-based industry clusters in the state.
The London-based firms are keen to invest around $100 million for the purpose.
"According to the preliminary plan, state-of-the-art vegetable clusters will be developed by roping in local farmers with the know-how and resources for better production," an agri department official said, adding that such clusters will initially come up in Hazaribagh, Ramgarh, Ranchi and Lohardaga on five lakh hectares each.
According to an IPRD release, "It should be fully organic farming so that women and tribal farmers can contribute more in production and get easy market linkage. The company will directly buy produce from them and profits made by selling the items in open markets will be shared among farmers as equity."
Source:- The Telegraph