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Awareness programme for Gujarat farmers under Soil-To-Extraction Plan for Stevia.

The company conducted an awareness programme for Gujarat farmers in the city of Ahmedabad during the last week of March 2010 under the leadership of Shri Bhupendrasinhji Chudasama, former Agriculture Minister of Gujarat. About 15 well known farmers from Ahmedabad, Baroda, Kutch, Mehsana, Sabarkantha districts attended this seminar on stevia contract farming under the “Soil-To-Extraction” plan.

“Farmers in our state are more progressive and take keen interest in such kind of new agricultural activities. We have successfully adopted major crops such as potato, tomato and other horticulture crops under the format of Contract Farming in the state with buy-back arrangement,” Mr Chudasama said, at the seminar.

During the seminar, the company officials presented the Audio Visual of 'Actual Cultivation Program' and also explained the pre and post harvest process, expenses incurred, returns on investment and technical aspects of the crop through a PowerPoint Presentation.

“The company is looking for a complete soil-to-extraction integration for stevia under one roof by undertaking large scale contract farming which would help in creating a STRONG backward linkage with farmer groups so that farmers will get remunerative price and the company will get assured feedstock for its herbal extraction unit,” Dilip J Joshi, Managing Director of the company said.

The company is intending to enter into global market with good amount of exposure in terms of value and volume. The company is in the process of achieving some good deals with some of the leading global players of natural sweeteners for long term for regular supply of stevia powder, he explained.
 
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