4th May 2013, Chhattisgarh
Around 200 farmers from Chhattisgarh, Odisha and Vidarbha, media persons, officials from department of agriculture, scientists from Indira Gandhi Ag University and other various departments of the CG govt attended the Roundtable on Agriculture and Climate Change. While the governor of the state inaugurated the event, the Agriculture Minister, Mr. Chandrashekhar Sahu assured the farmers that government is very serious about improving their lives and a number of efforts are being made in this direction. While a separate agriculture budget has been passed (CG being the first state in the country to do so), a new pro-farmer Agriculture policy legislated, the state is acknowledging the farmers enterprise by giving bonus to farmers. The Agriculture Minister acquainted the farmers of the insurmountable problems that agriculture now faces due to sudden change in the temperature and reduction in rainfall. While a number of efforts are afoot at national and international level, he approached the farmers to make efforts at self and community level to insulate agriculture from these impacts.