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Rajasthan govt to promote Bt cotton cultivation

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Feb '12
Intending to boost domestic Bt cotton production, the Rajasthan government is planning to adopt several measures like distributing free certified seeds to the farmers in the tribal region in the southern part of the State, including Udaipur, and also to provide training to them.

The State government intends to encourage the farmers as well as tribals, particularly in Udaipur and surrounding regions like Kotda, Malvi, Jhadol, Kherwada, Vallabhnagar and Salumber to undertake cultivation of Bt cotton in order to check migration of child labour from Rajasthan.

State Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister Mahendrajeet Singh Malviya, while addressing several NGO representatives and State government officials during a programme on child labour, said people have been migrating from Rajasthan to other States like Gujarat or other countries in search of livelihood, which has always remained a matter of concern.

He said the State government has initiated several steps like constituting task forces and setting up check posts on borders of the State to check migration of child labour to neighbouring States, particularly Gujarat.

He recommended that the tribals in areas nearing Udaipur should engage in cultivation of Bt cotton, which is a cash crop.

The State government has introduced the same measures that were adopted by the Gujarat government to boost production of Bt cotton, the Minister said.

Besides, schemes aimed at providing livelihood to people in their own hometown like the Rozgar Guarantee Scheme have also been launched, he added.

He revealed that Gujarat is now experiencing some shortage of labourers as the Rajasthan government's measures and schemes have proved effective in checking migration of labour from the State.

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