CROP CLUSTER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME IN HARYANA

Haryana Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Minister, Mr. O.P. Dhankar
launched Crop Cluster Development Programme from village Uncha Majra, district Gurugram. He said that grading and packing of farmers produce would be done at these cluster centres, besides providing fertilizers,medicines and seeds. Under this scheme,140 clusters have been established in 340 villages of the state and one crop cluster centre each would be established at these clusters. These clusters would prove beneficial in
selling farmers produce.

He said that it became possible with the hard work of farmers that Haryana
was number one in terms of production of wheat and paddy. He said that every
year about 13 crore quintals food grains was exported to other states.
The Minister said that farmers should themselves do marketing of their produce.
If farmers would keep their access to people, they would not only generate more
income, but also people would get fresh vegetables and fruits.He said that keeping
in view the interests of the farmers,‘Bhavantar Bharpayee Yojana’ was launched.
Under this scheme, the last date of registration of farmers has been extended till
February 28, 2018. He urged the present farmers to inform maximum farmers about this
scheme so that they could also avail benefits of this scheme. Registration of farmers
under this scheme is totally free of cost. Farmers can increase their income by adopting
animal husbandry, vegetable farming, fish rearing and floriculture, he added.Mr. Dhankar
said that picnic spot should be developed around Crop Cluster Centre established at
village Uncha Majra. He expressed hope that the cluster at Uncha Majra would become an
example for other clusters of the state.

As announced in India Budget 2018, The cluster-based model of development seen in
industrial sector will now be implemented in agricultural sector too.The Ministry of
Agriculture and Farmer Welfare will reorient the ongoing scheme to make way for the
cluster-based development in agricultural sector.Government will encourage organic
farming by Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs) and Village Producers Organizations
(VPOs) in large clusters, preferably of 1000 hectares each. Women Self Help Groups
(SHGs) will also be encouraged to take up organic agriculture in clusters under National
Rural Livelihood Programme. Also, a sum of Rs 200 crore have been allocated to support
organized cultivation of highly specialized medicinal and aromatic plants and aid small
and cottage industries that manufacture perfumes, essential oils and other associated
products.

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