"With the hard work of farmers and government's sustained efforts, the agricuture growth rate has risen to 25 percent which resulted in the state bagging the prestigious 'Krishi Karman Award' for three consecutive years," the Governor said in his address after unfurling the tricolour at main function on the occasion of 66th Republic Day at the Lal Parade Ground.
     
Besides, the state's contribution in organic farming stands at 40 percent of the total national output, the Governor said.
     
Under "Vision-2018" the state has set a target to raise irrigation potential to 40 lakh hectare from the present 30 lakh hectare, he said.

Focussing on Swachhata Abhiyan, personal toilets were constructed in 37 lakh rural households while over 3,000 villages have become open defecation free in the state, the Governor said.

The government has launched a campaign to construct toilets in three lakh houses with the help of self-help groups and also constructing separate washrooms for boys and girls in schools.

Referring to industrialisation, the Governor said that the government had recently organised "Global Investors Summit" (GIS) to attract investment in the state and has also launched "Make in Madhya Pradesh" campaign on the lines of "Make in India" drive.

The state has made immense progress in other sectors also including power and road and is also tapping non-conventional energy sources in a big way.

The state has establised Asia's biggest solar energy plant in Neemuch district with an installed capacity of 130 MW, the Governor said.

Reports of Republic Day being celebrated with traditional fervour and gaiety were also received from Indore, Jabalpur, Gwalior and other major cities, towns and villages from the state.

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