Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari o Saturday said a ‘dry port’ facility could be set up at Nashik if land was made available. Dry port is inland intermodal terminal directly connected by road or rail to a seaport.
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Gadkari inaugurated a horticulture conference organised jointly by the city-based Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University and Sakal Media Group in Nashik.
“Research, entrepreneurship, technology and quality of agricultural produce” are going to matter more and more in the coming days, Gadkari said, urging the farmers to embrace newer technologies and methods of farming.
The Union Government had decided to set up dry ports at Wardha and Jalna in Maharashtra, and if land was made available in Nashik, the government would provide Rs 500 crore for setting up a dry port there too, he said.
Maharashtra agriculture minister Pandurang Phundkar, minister of state for agriculture Sadabhau Khot, YCMOU vice chancellor Dr Dilip Mhaisekar and Sakal Group chairman Prataprao Pawar were also present on this occasion.