Among Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s future plans is to start a gaushala with 50 cows, so that he can use cow products.
Chouhan made the announcement Sunday at a function organised to felicitate farmers and celebrate the state winning the Centre’s Krishi Karman award for the fourth time in a row.
The CM told the gathering that he had started with two cows and the number has risen to 25. He said he now wished to bring in 25 more cows and start a gaushala. Chouhan, however, did not specify if the shelter would be run on the sprawling premises of his official bungalow on Shyamla Hills.
Chouhan is not the first Madhya Pradesh CM to harbour a love for cows and wear it on his sleeve. Party colleague and former CM Uma Bharati was often seen feeding rotis to the animal. Apart from funding gaushalas, MP is also home to the country’s first cow sanctuary.
Chouhan revealed his plans for the gaushala while talking about the role of animal husbandry in increasing farmers’ income. “I can’t live without farming,’’ he said and claimed he was the only CM in the country to spend four-five hours every week on his farm, where he grows everything from flowers to grains.
“My aim is to grow the best pomegranate in MP,’’ he said ,while sharing his mistakes in farming. He admitted that he is advised in his farm endeavours by an expert from Pune. Chouhan said he wishes to succeed as a farmer because he does not want others to use the excuse that if the CM can fail, so can they.
Among other things, Chouhan Sunday announced that 1,000 progressive farmers would be sent abroad to study new farming techniques. He also said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi would visit Bhopal on February 18, where he would be felicitated for the new crop insurance scheme.