Chandigarh, July 19– Haryana Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Minister, Mr. Jai Prakash Dalal has directed the officers to start such courses for the youth in the Training Institutes through which they can learn and get employment in the field of Horticulture not only within the country but also abroad. He said that IELTS related courses should also be started in these Training Institutes.
Agriculture Minister, Mr. J.P. Dalal was addressing the officers of the Horticulture Department after inaugurating a Conference Hall built in the Training Institute of Horticulture at Uchani in Karnal district at a cost of about Rs 14.50 lakh here today. On this occasion, Mr. Dalal also released a book written by Honeybee expert, Dr. Billu Yadav.
The Agriculture Minister reviewed the schemes being run by the Department of Horticulture and instructed that wide publicity of these schemes should be ensured so as to extend benefits of government schemes to maximum farmers and also to promote the horticulture sector. He suggested that on the lines of the Agriculture Department the experts of the Horticulture Department should also connect with the farmers through radio and solve their Horticulture related problems so that farmers can prosper and the economy of the country can be strengthened.
While interacting with the mediapersons, the Agriculture Minister said that it is after a period of 20 to 25 years that there has been an attack by the locust swarms which have come from other countries, but the Centre and State Governments have taken effective steps to control this situation. The locust swarms have not done much damage in Haryana, but the farmers still need to be careful. Adequate medicines and other necessary arrangements have been made by the government to protect the farmers from any loss.
The Minister said that farmers should adopt crop diversification as it will double the farmers’ income. He also said that the sowing of paddy is not prohibited by the government, but to save water, farmers are being advised to cultivate maize, millet, oilseeds, pulses and cotton instead of paddy. In order to promote these crops the government is giving cash incentives to the farmers in addition to fertilizers and seeds.
On this occasion, the Agriculture Minister was also informed about the activities being carried out by the Department regarding training being imparted to farmers about the latest horticulture techniques at Horticulture Training Institute, Uchani