Bihar Veterinary College Campus, Patna,14 December, 2011
Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar Shri Sushil Kumar Modi on Monday said, "Bihar was prominently known as an agriculture-based state post the division. But alone agriculture can do nothing. As long as there is a potential dose of urbanization and industrialization, the state cannot be called a developed state".
Punjab is an example which is predominantly an agriculture-based state, but the state’s industrial base is equally strong, Shri Modi further added, value addition of agricultural products could be developed by developing industrial base in state.
Inaugurating Destination Bihar Expo 2011 at Bihar Veterinary College Campus at Patna, Deputy Chief Minister said, “Urbanization and industrialization are prerequisites for development of any state. With industrialization and urbanization, that also is a key ingredient to any growing economy, Bihar could further help its agricultural sector that provides livelihood to millions of people in the state".
He informed that, the public-private-partnership mode is also encouraged to promote the industrialization in the state. Several investment proposals under PPP mode in the field of food processing have been received. Apart from Food Park in 80 acres of land at Kahalgaon (Bhagalpur), two biscuit units at Hajipur will also be established, Shri Modi further added, around 60 rice mills would also come into opereation by the end of next year.
Dy CM said, "Industrial development also results in rapid urbanization that remains slow in Bihar. While the rate of urbanization in Maharashtra and Gujarat stood at 40%, Bihar was barely crawling at the rate of 11%. This need to be changed and this change could be brought by rapid industrial development in the state,
Through the new industrial policy, numbers of the facilities are given to the entrepreneurs of the state for the development of agriculture-based industries. Also, establishment of an Udyog Complex for organizing industrial meet at Patna is in pipeline.
The Bihar Industries Association (BIA) is celebrating the centenary of Bihar by organizing 'Destination Bihar-Expo 2011' at Veterinary College ground here from December 12 to 18. The Expo is organised to attract entrepreneurs and other stakeholders to deliberate how to synergize all efforts to take Bihar into the development mainstream. K P Jhunjhunwala, Chairman, organizing committee, Destination Bihar-Expo 2011, said that Bihar's rich natural and human resources could be utilized to increase its present GDP growth rate.
The Expo showcased the huge potential of Bihar, which is endowed with rich natural resources and huge human resources. For the Expo, the BIA has given priority to agriculture, agro-based industry, energy, tourism and hospitality management for both industrial and social growth.
Secretary, BIA, Shri Anil Kumar Sinha highlighted the main attractions of the Expo. He said, the weeklong programme includes celebration of each Day as Industry, Agriculture, Women Empowerment, Tourism and Infrastructure Day during the period of expo.
On the occasion of Agriculture Day, a panel discussion was also organised in Destination Bihar Expo 2011 on Wednesday. The policy makers, senior officers, agricultural scientists and entrepreneurs from Government Departments, Indian Council of Agricultural Research institutes, State Agricultural Universities, NGOs, etc participated in the discussion on agro-based Bihar. Various Government Departments, companies, entrepreneurs, farmers, NGOs, etc are showcasing their exhibits in the Destination Bihar Expo 2011.
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