Report by Jag Mohan Thaken
05 January 2024, Chandigarh: The Haryana Government is planning to leverage the vast agricultural potential in African countries by sending Haryana farmers abroad. This ambitious endeavor aims to provide new opportunities for Haryana’s hardworking farming community.
Following discussions with the ambassador of an African nation, the State Government is in the process of signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which will be exchanged shortly to formalize this collaboration. After the MoU, we will invite interested farmers to participate in this unique opportunity. Farmer groups will be formed and sent to African countries where they can contribute their expertise and benefit from the vast agricultural landscapes available. Before sending them abroad, the government will also provide comprehensive training and necessary assistance to ensure their success in agricultural endeavors abroad. This was revealed by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar while addressing a press conference here on Wednesday.
Explaining the rationale behind this initiative, the Chief Minister informed that the shrinking landholding in Haryana, largely due to industrialization and other developmental activities has prompted the government to explore alternative avenues for the state’s agricultural community. Drawing inspiration from successful farming ventures in Madhya Pradesh and other states, Haryana will also replicate this success on an international scale.
Responding to a question, the Chief Minister said that the state government is committed to curbing the illicit transportation of youth to foreign nations for placement. To facilitate lawful opportunities for interested individuals, the government has established the Foreign Cooperation Department and the Overseas Placement Cell. These entities are responsible for coordinating the placement of youth seeking opportunities abroad. Comprehensive training for such individuals is conducted through Haryana Kaushal Rojgar Nigam (HKRN). In response to a request from Israel, we initiated an advertisement, resulting in 4000 youths expressing interest in foreign employment. To ensure their preparedness, these individuals will undergo training at MDU, Rohtak. A subsequent advertisement is scheduled around January 15 to encourage legal pathways for our youth to seek opportunities abroad, he added.
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