Rural development is attached with the progress of farmers. Thus, on the line of Pradhan Mantri Aadarsh Gram Yojana, I am urging all MLAs, IAS, IPS and scientists from the State to adopt one or two villages and make them model villages. The government would provide full support to them,” the chief minister of Haryana, Manohar Lal Khattar said during the event Agricultural Leadership Summit, held in Gurgaon.
The 3-day long farmers’ exhibition-cum-conference was organised by the Haryana State Co-operative Supply and Marketing Federation (HAFED) in association with Haryana State Agricultural Marketing Board and PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Addressing the farmers, the chief minister said, “Though we are registering good growth in agriculture, but the plight of small and marginal farmers is very poor. Thus, we need to focus on how we can increase their income.”
“We need to give impetus on the faster growth of the State. Today, Haryana is divided into three parts, one is developed Haryana while some regions are deeply under developed. Therefore, we need to focus on inclusive growth of all regions of the State. We have also drafted a programme for imparting skill development to the rural youth. It is, may be, for industrial or agro based industries so that they get employment on their doorstep,” Khattar further emphasised.
Speaking on the occasion, Nitin Gadkari, union minister for road transport and highways, said, “In China, 60 percent of fertiliser are produced from coal gasification which reduces the production cost. We are planning to establish such a plant in Odisha so that the prices of chemical fertilisers can come down.”
In my three sugar mills in Nagpur, we produce 36 tonnes of bio-CNG, one crore litre of ethanol and 30 MW electricity. Sugar mills have big potential to produce bio-fuel which would minimise the import bill. Emami Group in Kolkata produces 3 lakh litre bio-diesel which is available at Rs 46 per litre. We want maximum number of vehicles on bio-fuel in the future. It will not only increase the farmers’ income, but also decrease the import bill, the minister further informed.
Om Prakash Dhankar, agriculture minister of Haryana said, “We want to replicate the India-Israel centre-of-excellence of Karnal in every district of the state.” He further said that 40 percent of Haryana is facing water deficiency for agriculture which needs to be looked after.
Around 100,000 progressive farmers participated in the event. The farmers showcased their success stories in the exhibition. The companies, ranging from irrigation, agri machinery, seeds, fertilisers, organic manures, food processing, among many others participated in the event.