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February 9, 2014 Sunday
India no more depends on import of wheat and cotton
Thane, Feb. 9 -- Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar last evening said that the country earned a foreign exchange worth Rs. 2.32 lakh crores by exporting our products wheat and cotton to foreign countries.
He was speaking at a function to inaugurate the Late Padmashri Bhausaheb Vartak and Indutai Vartak Vishramdham constructed at a cost of Rs. 2 crores with 25 rooms, at Kelve of Palghar taluka.
The Vishramdham has been constructed by the Somavanshi Kshatriya Mahasangh to commemorate the birth centenary of Late Bhausaheb Vartak a visionary and social worker from Thane district.
In his speech Pawar paid rich tributes to Late Vartak and said that he was not only a leader to the Thane but to the entire state and he gave directions towards the development of the state.
Vartak was a cabinet ministers on various occasions and strived for the development of the entire state, he pointed out.
His conrtribution towards the all round growth of the state is unparallel said Pawar and added that he was revered just like Yeshwantrao Chavan and Vasantrao Naik.
He recollected the contribution of Vartak towards the development of Nariman Point as a business centre, the setting up of the Nehru Science Centre and also his meticulous planning skills during the crisis of grains and food in the country and state.
Five years back our country used to import wheat and cotton, but the situation has changed now now and we earn considerable foreign exchange by export of these two products to the foreign countries he pointed out.
He narrated his experience of visiting Bordi at the initial period to get lessons in agriculture he said and said he was very proud of the same.
Others who spoke on the occasion include Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik, Minister of state for Tribal development Rajendra Gavit and others. UNI XR VD AV1239
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