According to the latest reports that there are indications that in a bid to mitigate malnutrition in tribal-dominated Chhattisgarh, it has been initiated through distribution of the seeds of high zinc enriched variety of rice to farmers for commercial production. As per the statement issued by the Chief Minister Raman Singh who launched the seeds of new species of paddy, ‘Chhattisgarh Zinc Rice-1’ to farmers at the “National Farmers Fair” which began in Jora village on the outskirts of the capital. Further, it was narrated that the farmers of the state are actually the greatest agriculture scientists. They have combined traditional methods and experience with modern technology, and have thereby made great achievements as stated by Chief Minister while addressing the opening ceremony of the three-day event.
On this occasion, it was also indicate`d that it is because of farmers’ hard work that we have taken a leap from only rice export to export of fruits and vegetables along with rice. Furthermore, 1,500 mini kits of these seeds which are high-yielding in nature were distributed to the farmers. The Chief Minister further said the fair is a great opportunity to learn about the progress of Chhattisgarh in agro-sector in the last 15 years. With their perseverance and dedication, State’s farmers have brought a revolution in the field of agriculture. In addition, various schemes run by agriculture department in coordination with Indira Gandhi Agriculture University have also accelerated growth of agro-sector as it was revealed.