FARMERS’ GROUP Parivartan Shetkari Gat from Amravati district on Sunday bagged the primary prize on the “Satyamev Jayate Farmer Cup” hosted by actor Aamir Khan-led Paani Foundation. The group hailing from village Vathoda of Varod taluka obtained Rs 25 lakhs for implementing finest agricultural practices.
Chitra Nakshetra Mahila Shetkari Gat of Golegaon village, Khultabad taluka from Aurangabad gained the second prize and obtained Rs 15 lakhs. The third prize was collectively bagged by Jai Yogesshwar Shetkari Gat of village Danger Budruk of Amalner taluka of Jalgaon and Unnati Shetkari Gat from village Nandapur of Kalamnuri Taluka from Hingoli district. Both obtained Rs 5 lakh. Besides, 42 taluka-level winners gained Rs 1 lakh every. The awards had been for agricultural practices, residue-free farming, decreasing the price of cultivation and bettering productiveness.
Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who was the chief visitor on the award ceremony held at Shiv Chhatrapati Shivaji Sports Complex in Balewadi, stated, “The work done by Paani Foundation led by Aamir Khan is commendable. I am really overwhelmed by the unity displayed by the farmers and the dedication of the community for the cause. I would appeal to Paani Foundation to further scale up the participation of farmers as it would lead to a holistic development of the farming community.”
Fadnavis emphasised how collectivisation in farming can sort out inflation, local weather change and market uncertainties. He additionally urged the farmers’ teams to look past subsidies and concentrate on creating self-sustaining and worthwhile farmer-producer corporations. Khan stated, “I thank Fadnavis for the encouragement and will try our level best to take the extra mile. I also salute all the participants for their passion and commitment towards the competition.”
Padma awardee Popatrao Pawar, Shantilal Muttha of Bhartiya Jain Sangathana, Agriculture Secretary Eknath Dawale, Film Director Ashutosh Gowariker, actors Atul Kulkarni and Sunil Chavan had been additionally current on the event.