Pune: Farmers will get the support of modern technology, advice from experts and an opportunity to send their produce to the world market through the Smart Village Project, which will lead to a transformation, said Praveensinh Pardeshi, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Saturday.
Pardeshi announced that the government will extend all the required support to this project. Pardeshi was interacting with villagers from Pargaon (Junnar taluka), which has been chosen under the Agrowon Smart Village Project. Five villages have been chosen from Junnar and Shirur talukas. Under the guidance from experts from Israel, a family-wise survey is currently being carried out. Pardeshi visited the village to oversee the work.
Delivering Change Forum Founder and Chairman Abhijit Pawar and DCF Advisory Director Bobby Nimbalkar were present. The women from the village extended a traditional welcome to the guests. Pardeshi was overwhelmed by the enthusiasm shown by the villagers. He said that he had decided to visit the village to understand the concept put forward by Abhijit Pawar.
He added that the determination shown by farmers, enthusiasm of youngsters and the support extended through this project will transform the village. This project will help to increase agricultural produce. Farm produce will be treated with the help of modern technology and companies like Tesco have promised to provide an international market to this produce.
Agrowon Editor Adinath Chavan said reducing the cost of production and achieving higher produce is the main focus of the Smart Village Project. He said the support of villagers is needed to achieve the same. Sarpanch of Pargaon Meena Tattu welcomed the guests. Kalewadi Sarpanch Anjali Waman, Vadgaon Kandali Deputy Sarpanch Sanjay Khedkar, Sarpanch of Bori village Pushpa Korde and Sunita Gavade from Takli Haji were present.
Dream big, I’m with you: Abhijit Pawar
The farmers from Agrowon Smart Village should not just get an opportunity to travel by air but their village should be able to purchase its own aeroplane, said DCF Founder and Chairman Abhijit Pawar while interacting with the villagers.
He urged them to abandon the mentality of depending on others to achieve progress. He told them that they should first start work on their own and added that he too has come to their village on his own without anyone telling him to do so. He appealed to them to dream big, even if they face ridicule. He added that he will be with them on their journey of transformation and will not rest and let them rest till development is achieved.