On the occasion of 4th India International Potato Expo 2015 held at Chandigarh, Radha Mohan Singh, Union Minister for Agriculture, stressed the need for strengthening the marketing of the agricultural produce on priority to ensure that agriculture becomes beneficial for the farmers of the country.
The Minister said that allied sectors of agriculture like horticulture, diary, and fisheries should be promoted and diversification of the crops, especially their proper marketing is essential to ensure increase in farmers’ income. He said that Haryana Horticulture University will be opened soon in consultation with the State Government.
He informed that the final draft of irrigation policy has been prepared and the same will be implemented in all the states. This policy will be able to provide water to every district and work for everybody.
Om Prakash Dhankar, Minister of Agriculture & Horticulture Development, Government of Haryana mentioned that Excellency Centres in every districts for horticulture in Haryana will be opened to provide better marketing.
Government officials, scientists and industry experts deliberated on the problems being faced by potato industry including lower potential yield, early harvesting, uneconomic landholdings, requirement of capital, shortage of farm labour, wrong dose of fertilizer, inadequate and inefficient transport infrastructure, enhanced pest resistance, global warming, and inefficient cold storage facility.
The 4th India International Potato Expo 2015 was supported by Ministry of Food Processing Industry, Central Potato Research Institute (CPRI), Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR), Ministry of Agriculture, NABARD, Food and Agriculture Organization, Department of Horticulture, Government of Haryana, Government of Bihar, Government of Madhya Pradesh, Government of Uttrakhand, Government of Meghalaya and National Horticulture Board.