Chandigarh, March 30: Haryana government being developing as many as 340 villages as horticultural villages at a cost of 517 Crores in state. Also state government had set a target to increase the area under cultivation of vegetables, fruits and flowers from the existing 12 lakh acres to 22 lakh acres.
Haryana agriculture minister OP Dhankar said the state government was taking effective steps to double the income of farmers. The minister was speaking at the concluding session of Haryana International Trade Expo organised jointly by PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIIDC) in Faridabad.
He said that farmers are being motivated by promoting horticulture and floriculture and the state government had set a target to increase the area under cultivation of vegetables, fruits and flowers from the existing 12 lakh acres to 22 lakh acres. As many as 340 villages are being developed as horticultural villages at a cost of Rs 517 crore and Centres of Excellence are being opened in every districts to encourage the farmers.
The farmers can more than double their income by cultivating vegetables, fruits and flowers to meet the requirements of four crore people living in the National Capital Region, which has turnover of Rs 100 crore per day. Apart from this, agriculture offers abundant possibilities associated with industrial sector, which could be utilised by the farmers to sell their products abroad, he added.
Urging the farmers and entrepreneurs to cooperate and help each other for better opportunities, the minister also shared his contact information with them so that they might avail the benefits of various schemes being implemented by the state government for their welfare.