Haryana Horticulture Department signed MoU with International Potato Centre (CIP) in the area of Potato

The Haryana Horticulture Department today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with International Potato Centre (CIP) in the area of Potato on the first day of  three-day Agri Leadership Summit 2018, in Rohtak today. The MOU was signed in the presence of Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal and Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, Mr Parshottam Rupala.While Dr. Samarendu Mohanty, Asia Regional  Director signed MOU on behalf of CIP, Director General Horticulture, Dr Arjun Singh Saini signed on behalf of the State  government. This Joint Initiative will help in selection of short duration early heat tolerant virus resistant varieties including processable varieties. Besides, it will also help in multiplication of clean, disease free planting material and to develop potato value chain and markets in India. The CIP will provide training and capacity building of extension
officers and progressive farmers.

The Chief Minister said the Agri Leadership Summit had been organized not for the farmers only but for all those related to agriculture. He urged the progressive farmers to apprise at least ten other farmers of their area about the welfare schemes of the Centre and the state governments so that they could also increase their income. Each district has 50 to 200 progressive farmers and they earn Rs 1 lakh per month per acre, he added.Speaking on the occasion, the Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Minister, Mr O.P Dhankar, said the state government was implementing the concept of Peri-urban farming to meet the growing demand of vegetables, fruits, milk and flowers of four crore people of Delhi and National Capital Region (NCR). He urged the farmers to link with market and directly sell their produce to the consumers as this would help them increase their income. The government has a plan to set up Kisan Bazar in all towns of the state.Eleven centres of excellence have been set up in the state with the assistance of Israel.
There is no dearth of funds with the government for agriculture sector and provision of  Rs 510 crore has been made in the Budget for setting up of Bagwani villages in the state. Similarly, the budget of the Fisheries Department which was Rs 5 crore earlier has now been increased to Rs 150 crore, Mr Dhankar said.

On the inaugural day of three-day Agri Leadership Summit 2018 which commenced in Rohtak today, Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal honoured progressive farmers and agriculture organizations by giving away cash prize worth Rs 1.51 lakh and certificates. The Chief Minister was also accompanied by Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, Mr Parshottam Rupala and Haryana Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Minister,
Mr O.P Dhankar.While Anandvir of Fatehabad was honoured with Fal (Fruit) Ratan, Chand Singh of Gurugram was honoured with Sabzi Ratan, Krishan Pal of Yamunanagar with Phool (Flower) Ratan, Sultan Singh of Kurukshetra with Mushroom Ratan, Harbir Singh of village Dadul, Kurukshetra with Nursery Ratan, Mukesh Soni of Hisar with Osdeeye (Medicinal) Ratan, Vinay Kumar of Jhajjar with Masala (Spices) Ratan, Aashish Gupta of village Bajidpur,
Sonipat, Vinit Gupta of Panchkula and Anil Singh of Jind were been honoured with Udmi (Entrepreneur) Ratan award.Those who were honoured with Rs 51,000, memento and citation included Rampartap of Panipat, Ombir Singh of Palwal, Raman Sood of Gurugram, Mrs Bhavna Devi of Narnaul, Ashwani Saraf of Panchkula, Narendra of Fatehabad, Bhim Singh Dagar of  Jhajjar, Ijharul Hasan of Nuh, Rajesh Kumar of Rohtak, Sukhvir of Faridabad, Surender  Singh of Hisar, Gurmel Singh of Kurukshetra, Rajbir of Jind, Vikas of Rewari, Sandeep of Karnal, Virender Kumar Mehta of Kaithal, Mahender of Charkhi Dadri, Sunil of Bhiwani, Manoj Kumar of Sirsa, Surender Sharma of Ambala, Dinesh Kumar of Sonipat and Angrej Singh of Yamunanagar. Ranbir Singh of Palwal was honoured with award of best horticulture farmer.Similarly, Inderjit Singh of Hisar, Dr. Vinod Beniwal, Sandip of Bhiwani, Gaurav of Ambala and Anil of Jind were honoured with best progressive Food Producer Organization (FPO).

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