India’s Modi urges farmers to take up ‘blue’, ‘sweet’ revolution
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday (September 17) called for ‘blue revolution’ and ‘sweet revolution’, saying that the two revolutions have the potential to transform lives of the fishermen and the farmers respectively, in the western Gujarat state.
After inaugurating an agricultural produce market committee in Amreli district, the Prime Minister told the gathering of cooperatives that the fishermen of the state could benefit a lot from the optimum utilisation of Gujarat’s coastline which is longest in India.
The federal government aims at developing existing ports and constructing new ones under the Blue Revolution scheme and enhancing water-based transportation. It had recently added development of fisheries sector to the scheme.
Further talking about the integrated farming at the gathering, Modi, who turned 67 on Sunday, said after ‘green revolution’ and ‘white revolution’, it was now time for sweet revolution, honey bee farming.
Modi said bee farming would supplement the income of farmers, as they could sell honey alongside milk and vegetables and earn rupees 200k ($3,000) alone from its sale.
Earlier in the day, Modi inaugurated India’s biggest and controversial Sardar Sarovar Dam on Narmada River in the state. The dam has been mired in water-sharing and rehabilitation controversies ever since the project was inaugurated more than 50 years ago.