Gandhinagar, 16 March 2021
Junagadh Agricultural University is producing 5 dangerous pesticides. However, registration was obtained from the Central Pesticide Board and Registration Committee (CIB & RC) for only one pesticide. The license for its production was not taken for any pesticide. Thus, the documents presented by the government in the Gujarat Legislative Assembly contain shocking details of how the Agricultural University is cheating the farmers.
Ever since the BJP’s Vijay Rupani government came to power in Gujarat, he and his agriculture minister Ranchod Phadu have been controversial. The first peanut scandal was exposed. Then there was a scam of taking bribe in the Land Development Corporation. There was a scam to burn groundnut purchased by the government. Land scam, farm purchase scam. Thus the Rupani government has become notorious for scamming farmers in the name. Delhi High Command also knows. However, scams do not stop in the name of farmers.
Developed 67 new varieties over 15 years
Since its inception in 2004, Junagadh Agricultural University has developed 67 types of agricultural crops in 15 years. The two main crops of Saurashtra are groundnut and cotton. In which 12 varieties of peanuts were developed. Only three varieties of cotton have been developed.
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Out of the 67 crop varieties modified by Junagadh Agricultural University, only 20 crop varieties were registered. As a result, the research has been used by private people and the university has suffered a lot.
Careless after research
Junagadh Agricultural University has obtained 5 patents during 2004-19 by conducting 39 research related to industries. While there has been no attempt to commercialize or disseminate 39 researches.
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Professors of Junagadh Agricultural University published 2,122 research articles during 2014–19. Most of these articles were not used by anyone. These articles were published in less influential journals. During the inspection of 237 professors of Junagadh Agricultural University, the publication work of most of the professors was not satisfactory.
Enrollment of Junagadh Agricultural University graduates and candidates fell from 100 percent to 48.63 percent. (translated from Gujarat)