Bhiwani, August 21
Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar today laid the foundation stone for a regional research center at Maharana Pratap University of Horticulture in Kharkari village and Haryana Animal Science Center in Bahal village in the Bhiwani district.
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The state government promotes organic farming and a farmer who adopts organic farming will receive Rs 25,000 for a desi cow. A total of 2,804 farmers have registered for organic farming. — Manohar Lal Khattar, CM
The CM also inaugurated and laid the foundation stone for 16 projects, costing around Rs 224.56 crore, in various villages in the district during his visit.
Addressing a public meeting in the city of Loharu, the CM said the government of Haryana has started action to control Lumpy Skin Disease (LSD) and about three lakh vaccines have been received for these animals and that the vaccination work was carried out on a war footing so that all the cattle were vaccinated within a week. He said 28,000 cattle have been affected by LSD so far in the state.
He said the state government has set itself the goal of making Haryana the number one dairy producer. The CM said that in addition to animal husbandry, the state government is also working towards the modernization of the horticulture sector. The CM said the state government is promoting organic farming and a farmer who adopts organic farming will get 25,000 rupees for a desi cow, adding that 2,804 farmers have registered for the ‘Organic Agriculture.
“Farmers must change as per the requirements and the state government also encourages farmers to opt for the crops which reduce costs, require less water, protect the environment, obtain the best quality products and provide good income to farmers.
Thanking the gram panchayat of Kharkhari village which provided 120 acres for the regional research centre, the CM said the first installment of Rs 39 crore had been released for the construction of the centre. “It will be ready in two years where horticulture-related research will be conducted for improved varieties and hybrids.”
The CM said the Behal Animal Science Center would be ready in two years on 9.4 acres and at a cost of around Rs 9 crore. Galloping would prove very useful for herders, he added.
Khattar said the share of horticulture and animal husbandry is increasing in the state’s agricultural sector due to the emphasis on crop diversification. “At present, 7% of the total cultivated area of Haryana is devoted to horticulture. We aim to increase this area to 15% by 2030. We have undertaken many new initiatives to achieve this goal,” he said.
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