Monday, September 28, 2009

What is wrong with this picture? Punjab exports while millions starve!

With America going back to the old ways of encouraging Local Farmers Markets and the slogans like "Buy Local" or "Be a locovore" to stimulate economy, reinvest and bring back the pride of "Made in America", the cycle of making mistakes is just starting in Punjab and other part s of India. It seems like it will always be 30 years or so behind the West. Instead of learning from America's mistakes and not repeating them, Panjab seems to be just blindly follwing and bent on copying these mistakes of the West. One postive thing I like though is that at least Panjab is directly dealing with the World instead of cheats and cronies of Central Government of India. Anyways, read and comments of you like.

Punjab to set up vegetable export trade mission Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, September 27
The Punjab government has approved setting up a vegetable export trade mission on the pattern of Maharashtra’s to give logistic support to the vegetables and fruit growers of the state for exporting the produce in the international market.
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal decided it after a series of meetings with exporters and growers of vegetables and fruits, floriculturists and potato growers here today.
Badal directed the Punjab Agro Export Corporation (PAGREXCO) to work out modalities of forming vegetable export trade mission to enable fruit and vegetable growers to export the produce.The Chief Minister also agreed to send a delegation to Sri Lanka, Mauritius, Uzbekistan and some Central Asian countries to explore export potential .
The Chief Minister also assured exporters farm power tariff would be charged on the green houses and also directed the chairman, PSEB, to provide special transmission lines to the cold rooms and release the pending power connections under drip irrigation scheme positively by March 31 on a priority basis. Badal also asked the Punjab Agro-industries Corporation to immediately establish 10 pack houses equipped with the latest grading and packaging facilities.
The Chief Minister also gave nod to set up a litchi estate at Pathankot and Pears Estate at Amritsar on the pattern of existing Citrus Estates in Hoshiarpur, Ferozepur and Muktsar districts to promote the quality production of these fruits and provision of marketing and export facilities too.
Responding to the issues raised by the floriculturists, Badal asked the director, floriculture, of Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, to impart training to the floriculturists and develop a nursery for the production of gladiolus bulbs besides importing cornels from Holland and Brazil. He also asked the Mandi Board to allot a shed in the fruits and vegetables market in Ludhiana for the marketing of flowers.


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