CM Welcomes President Kovind at the Launch of 3rd Agricultural Roadmap

CM Nitish Kumar speaking at the launch of 3rd Agricultural Roadmap in Bihar.

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Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, at a function to mark the launch of 3rd Bihar Agricultural Roadmap on Thursday, welcomed President Ram Nath Kovind saying it was an honor to host the President of India who went straight to the Rashtrapati Bhawan in Delhi from the Raj Bhawan in Bihar.

"This is a very special day for me to welcome President Kovind who was the Governor of Bihar before occupying the highest office in the nation. This is his first trip to Bihar as the President of India and I welcome him on behalf of all the people of our state," the Chief Minister said.

Kumar, who continues to kick the can down the road on his pledge to 'have at least one food item from Bihar in every plate of India' since he first made that promise nearly ten years ago, said that his dream will be fulfilled in 2022 at the end of the implementation of the 3rd Agricultural Roadmap of Bihar.

"Very soon we will have at least one food item from Bihar in every plate in India," reiterated the Chief Minister on Thursday.

Kumar then went on to explain how the new roadmap would put an end to land disputes and how it would benefit the farmers of Bihar.

"Due to effective planning under the previous two roadmaps, a farmer in Bihar was able to break the record of producing most potatoes in the world – a record previously held by China. Development of quality seeds, use of vermi-compost have also brought sweeping changes in farm production in Bihar," he said.

Kumar, who has been criticized by his opponents for making lofty promises in the past 12 years with not much to show for besides organizing rallies and announcing high-sounding projects only to be abandoned and forgotten later on, said that his wish was to make Bihar the number one state in terms of vegetable production.

"We are doing everything to bring electricity in each and every village in Bihar to raise productivity in our farms. We are also committed to promote organic farming in the state and have introduced schemes, including providing subsidies to the farmers, to put Bihar on the agricultural map of the nation and we won't rest until we are able to put at least one food item from Bihar in every plate in India," the Chief Minister said.

Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, Agriculture Minister Prem Kumar and other members of the Cabinet also spoke on the occasion.

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