11 November 2022, Chandīgarh: Haryana has been awarded the India Agribusiness Award-2022 in the category of “Best State” by the Indian Chamber of Food and Agriculture, for its outstanding contribution in the areas of policies, programs, production, inputs , technologies, marketing, value addition, infrastructure and exports in the agricultural sector.
Haryana Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Mr. JP Dalal received the award at a reception in New Delhi.
Dalal said today Haryana has once again proven itself in the agricultural sector. He said that Haryana, which is one of the biggest contributors to the national food pool, has taken several policy initiatives for the diversification and promotion of horticulture and agro-industry, adding that the state mapped approximately 400 horticultural crop clusters and trained 700 producer farmers. Organizations.
He asserted that in order to strengthen backward and forward linkages in clusters, Haryana has launched an ambitious program – Crop Cluster Development Program (CCDP), through Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs) with a provision of Rs. 510.35 crore for setting up integrated packing stations.
“So far, 30 integrated fitness centers have been set up and work on 35 more is underway. A total of 100 such integrated fitness centers are expected to be set up by the end of the current fiscal year,” said Mr. JP Dalal.
The Minister of Agriculture further stated that in order to ensure the ultimate value chain for farmers and agricultural products, a total of 37 companies in the agricultural sector have signed 54 Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) with 34 FPOs. for trading and marketing FPO products with purchases. support mechanism to promote agro-industrial activities. He said that in a short period of 10 months, the trade of 13,400 metric tons of horticultural products was achieved; of which works worth Rs 14 crore have been completed and are expected to exceed Rs 200 crore.
Mr. JP Dalal said Haryana has been a pioneer in price protection through ‘Bhavantar Bharpai Yojana (BBY)’ and has encouraged Rs 24 crores (in the last three years) for horticultural crops and around Rs 750 crores for Bajra under Bhavantar Bharpai Yojana. “In the year 2021-22, a total of 2.41 lakh farmers were covered from Rs 437 crore, while in 2022-23, around 2.25 lakh farmers were covered from Rs 310 crore. Haryana is a leader in technology showcase and has established 11 centers of excellence with national and international collaborations,” he said.
He added that a high-end horticulture training institute has also been established in the state under the National Skill Mission to train more than 2,500 farmers and entrepreneurs through weekly, monthly and annual programs. “State Farmer Welfare Policies have been outstanding in supporting farmers and playing a leading role in diversification through technology, innovation and agribusiness in India “, he added.
Haryana at the forefront of agriculture and livestock: Union Minister Sanjeev Balyan
While praising Haryana for this achievement, Union Minister of State for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairy, Mr. Sanjeev Balyan said that Haryana is at the forefront in the field of agriculture and animal husbandry. He said there is a need to connect agriculture and business, which will further prosper the country’s farmers and connect the youth. He said that along with the government, scientists, intellectuals and researchers will need to come forward and work together for farmers to lead and prosper.
The Ganaur horticultural market will be better than the Parisian and Spanish markets
Mr. JP Dalal said that the largest horticultural market in Asia is going to be set up in Ganaur, Haryana and with its formation; not only farmers in Haryana but farmers across the country will benefit. The market will accommodate people with agriculture related items like vegetables, fruits, flowers, fish and dried fruits etc. in one place. “This market will be much better than the markets of Paris and Spain. Haryana is quick to take further steps in the agricultural sector,” he added.
Haryana agricultural policies are the best in the country
Mr. JP Dalal said farmers in Haryana promote the economy of the country by growing food grains, fruits, vegetables and flowers. “Haryana’s policies in the agricultural sector are the best in the country. We have the best mandis and give maximum MSP to farmers’ crops,” he added. He further said that Haryana is making progress in horticulture, with a center of excellence in collaboration with Israel and farmers in the state are getting saplings through subsidies.
Capable and successful Haryana farmers
Mr. JP Dalal said farmers in Haryana are capable and successful. He said Haryana was working intensively in the agricultural sector. “Laying of a network of canals, supplying electricity from village to village, offering facilities to farmers; Haryana is a progressive state for farmers,” he asserted. Mr. JP Dalal said that the Prime Minister of the country Mr. Narendra Modi gave the target to establish 1000 FPOs and moving forward in this direction 700 FPOs have been established in the state and the goal will soon be reached.
Occasionally, the additional chief secretary of the Department of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Smt. Sumita Misra, the Director General of Horticulture, Mr. Arjun Saini, among other senior officials were also present.
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