CCSHAU to host Haryana Agricultural Development Fair
Vice President to inaugurate on October 8, Chief Minister will preside over the closing ceremony on October 10
Efforts of Haryana Chief Minister lead to remarkable progress in farmer welfare schemes
Chandigarh, October 5– The State of Haryana, under the visionary leadership of Chief Minister Sh Manohar Lal, has been at the forefront of implementing farmer welfare schemes, resulting in significant positive outcomes. These schemes have empowered hardworking farmers in the state and propelled them to new heights in the agriculture sector.
Haryana, being an agrarian state, places paramount importance on its farmers and regularly conducts programs to provide them with information about the latest agricultural techniques and to showcase their agricultural products. In this series, the “Haryana Agricultural Development Fair” will be organized at Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar from October 8 to 10, 2023.
Sharing the information here today, an official spokesperson informed that the Vice President of India, Sh. Jagdeep Dhankhar, will be the chief guest at the fair’s inaugural ceremony on October 8, while Chief Minister Sh Manohar Lal will preside over the closing ceremony on October 10, 2023. The event will feature renowned national and international companies and exhibitors from the agriculture and allied sectors, showcasing their products. Thousands of spectators are expected to attend, including farmers, entrepreneurs, agricultural scientists, researchers, students, politicians, and stakeholders from across India and abroad.
To date, crop diversification has covered 71000 acres
To facilitate farmers, the state government has been operating the ‘Meri Fasal Mera Byora’ portal since July 4, 2019. This portal helps farmers with land records, crop registration, verification, and access to government benefits. Under the ‘Mera Pani-Meri Virasat’ scheme, financial assistance of about Rs 118 crore, at a rate of Rs 7,000 per acre, has been directly deposited into the bank accounts of farmers promoting crop diversification. So far, crop diversification has been achieved across 71,000 acres of land.
Haryana leads as the first state in India to procure 14 crops at MSP
The government has ensured the purchase of crops at Minimum Support Price (MSP) and prompt payment to farmers. Haryana is the first state in county to purchase 14 crops at MSP. Apart from this, the government offers interest-free crop loans to farmers who repay on time, reduces stamp duty on farmer-bank transactions from Rs2000 to Rs 100 and has increased compensation for crop damage due to natural calamities from Rs 10,000 to Rs 15,000. During the present government’s tenure, approximately Rs 11,000 crore was provided as compensation to farmers for crop damage caused by natural disasters.
Furthermore, the state government promotes natural farming and encourages farmers to explore horticulture. Grants are provided to support these endeavors, including Rs 25,500 per acre for new orchards, up to Rs 43,000 per acre for high-density orchards, and Rs 1,40,000 per acre for date palm orchards. There is a provision of 40 percent subsidy for mushroom cultivation, 65 percent for vertical farming, 50 percent for hybrid vegetable plants, 85 percent for bee boxes and 75 percent for beekeeping equipment are also available.
Central government schemes were seamlessly implemented within the state
The spokesperson said that apart from implementing various schemes for the farmers, the state government has also implemented the schemes of the Central Government in the state over last nine years. Under the ‘Pradhanmantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana’ of the Central Government, annual assistance of Rs 6000 is being given to each small farmer family. Under this scheme, an amount of Rs 4287.19 crore was provided in 13 installments to 19.82 lakh farmers from December 2018 till date. Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana has been started from Kharif 2016 to protect the crops of farmers. Under this, paddy, millet, maize, moong and cotton are being insured in Kharif and wheat, mustard, gram, barley and sunflower crops in Rabi. Under this scheme, till now about 27.22 lakh farmers have given claims of about Rs 7600 crore due to damage to their crop