11 July 2023, Chandigarh: Haryana Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Minister, Mr. J. P Dalal highlighted the substantial increase in the budget allocation for the Agriculture Department, rising from 800 crores to 4,000 crores. This significant surge reflects the government’s unwavering commitment to strengthen the agricultural sector and ensure the welfare of farmers, he added.
During the closing ceremony of the three-day fruit festival at the Sub-Tropical Fruits Centre, Ladwa, Kurukshetra, Mr. Dalal emphasized the potential of farmers to achieve higher profits through tropical horticulture farming. He urged the farmers to adopt horticulture farming practices and leave traditional farming methods, in order to maximize profitability while reducing farming cost.
The Minister further encouraged the farmers to avail benefits of the special grant scheme initiated by the government to establish fruit orchards. This scheme offers grants to farmers for setting up orchards with a variety of fruit trees. The state government is actively promoting the establishment of fruit orchards as they offer higher profitability for farmers, he added.
The Minister commended events like the fruit festival for providing technical insights related to horticulture crops. He suggested developing horticulture tourism centres to educate urban children about fruit and other horticultural crop cultivation. He lauded the department’s efforts in creating awareness among farmers.
Haryana Sarasvati Heritage Development Board, Vice-Chairman, Mr. Dhuman Singh Kirmach lauded the people of Ladwa for their unique contribution in establishing the fruit centre.
Mr. Joginder Singh, Joint Director, Horticulture Department, stated that approximately 1,500 farmers received training on various aspects such as mango restoration, high-density plantation, drip irrigation, disease management, canopy management in litchi, nursery management, peach cultivation, plum and pear intensive management, and advanced international techniques. The fruit festival provided farmers with practical demonstrations and technical knowledge to enhance fruit yield and ensure disease-free crops.
The Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Minister also honoured officials, department representatives, and firms for their informative stalls aimed at educating farmers. He acknowledged the participation of 1,500 students from 22 schools in various competitions held during the event.
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