Gandhinagar, 15 November 2020
In Gujarat, the trend of farmers suggests that the spice crops are declining. Production of spice crops has been suspended for the last 10 years. Spice crops, cumin, garlic, ginger, turmeric, isabgol, Ajmo, suva, coriander, fenugreek, fennel are considered as spice crops. Whose production is same for last 10 years. While consumption of eggs and meat has increased in Gujarat, the area of spice crops is suspended. When Modi became the Chief Minister, suddenly he was doing a miracle of growing spice crops in the fields. It is not so now. It has been halved after Modi left Gujarat.
The area of cultivation was 4.96 lakh hectares in 2010-11. Which has increased to 7.09 lakh hectare in 2019-20. Thus the area under cultivation has increased by 42-43 percent. By the time Narendra Modi left Gujarat to become the Chief Minister, the acreage had doubled. 10.29 lakh tonnes as against 2.40 lakh tonnes. Even today, agricultural researchers have not been able to find a solution as to why such figures came up, or what led to the 329 percent increase. Why the figures became magical. After Modi left Gujarat, the field of spice crops in Gujarat has been steadily increasing, but production has declined. Farmers do not cultivate loss. Figures can be magical. Farmers do not perform magic like politicians. Spice crops are sold at the highest prices, so if a slight change is made, the income of the farmers can be doubled in the book.
With Narendra Modi becoming the Chief Minister, production of Malasa crops magically began to increase. In 2012-13, production of 1.70 lakh tonnes of spices increased to 12.54 lakh tonnes. Thus 9-fold production was shown in figures. As soon as Modi left Gujarat, the production of spices started decreasing. 7.67 lakh tonnes of spices were produced. Even today, the production is 10.96 lakh tonnes. According to Modi’s miraculous figures, 2.5 million tonnes of spices were to be harvested in the fields today. But that did not happen.
Productivity since 20 years
The productivity of the spice crop is the same today as it was in 1999. Thus the question of why productivity has not increased in 20 years is now being raised with the help of government data. Productivity per hectare is decreasing rather than increasing. The average productivity of these surplus spice crops has come down from 2 tonnes per hectare in 2010-11 to 1.55 tonnes in 2019-20. This is a challenge for the government, farmers and agricultural universities. He accepted their defeat. The decline in productivity is attributed to climate change and the inability to find high-yielding varieties. Productivity is 20 percent lower. Which was to actually grow at a rate of 10 percent per year. The productivity which should have been 4 tonnes has been increased to 1.55 tonnes. Thus, farmers are being hit hard.