Haryana government encouraging farmers to take up floriculture

Mar 28, 2017 16:15 | Haryana
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Chandigarh, Mar 28 –A Centre of Excellence for Flowers is being set up with the assistance of Netherlands in district Jhajjar of Haryana to encourage the farmers to take up floriculture.
This was stated by Haryana Agriculture and Farmers' Welfare Minister, Mr. O.P. Dhankar while addressing 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 today.
The Minister said that the State Government was taking effective steps to double the income of farmers. They are being motivated by promoting horticulture and floriculture.  He said that 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.
Urging the farmers and entrepreneurs to cooperate and help each other for better opportunities, Mr. Dhankar 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.