Haryana government to take time bound steps for agriculture growth

Nov 04, 2014 11:48 | Haryana
Chandigarh, Nov 4--Time-bound steps will be taken to step up growth in agriculture by promoting investment, especially in infrastructure, and convert farming into a profitable venture through sustainable scientific practices and agro-technology. This was stated by the Governor, Mr Kaptan Singh Solanki, while addressing the newly elected members of the 13th Haryana Assembly, here today.
An overwhelming majority of the population of the state is dependent on agriculture for its livelihood. Therefore, sustained efforts would be made by the government to explore new avenues of increasing growth in this sector. The government will take all necessary steps to increase investment in agriculture, both public and private, especially in agri-infrastructure.
“The government will introduce Soil Health Card Scheme which will ensure increase in both quality and productivity of agriculture. This will be coupled with measures such as availability of cheap agricultural inputs, credit and high yielding seeds for small and marginal farmers,” said the Governor.
The government will also strive to introduce cultivation of fruits, vegetables, flowers and medicinal plants in addition to traditional farming. Efforts will be made to address issues of pricing and procurement of agricultural produce, crop insurance and post-harvest management for the farmers of the state.
The government is committed to providing the additional infrastructure needed for boosting agricultural growth by
way of warehousing and cold storage facilities. It will modernise  mandis through meaningful public-private partnerships and take all steps to promote the setting up of food processing industries in the state, Mr Solanki said.
In the cooperative sector, special attention will
be paid to identifying the lacunae that hinder the spirit of
cooperation. “We will replicate the best practices in the
grassroots ‘self-help group’ movement which have succeeded immensely in western and southern India,” he added.
Besides, the government will make efforts to formulate a transparent land acquisition and management policy. It will also adopt a land-use policy that facilitates scientific identification of non-cultivable land and its strategic development in Haryana.
The state government is committed to ‘Gau Raksha’ and making ‘Goverdhan’ central to the government’s plans to promote animal husbandry and dairy development sectors. Steps will be taken to enhance the productivity of indigenous breeds of cows through financially-viable schemes. This will enable small and marginal farmers to achieve livelihood security and contribute to the state’s economic growth.
Affirming his government’s commitment to ensuring water security, the Governor said, “My government will provide adequate piped drinking water in all the villages and towns of Haryana, especially to vulnerable households.” There is need for ensuring optimal use of our water resources to prevent recurrence of floods and drought.  By harnessing rain water we would nurture water conservation and groundwater recharge, he added.
“My Government intends to do its maximum to protect the
legitimate rights of the state in river water sharing.  All out
efforts will be made for early completion of the Sutlej-Yamuna-Link-Canal, the lifeline of agriculture in the state,” he assured  the members present in the Assembly.
Similarly, renewed efforts would also be made to remove all legal hurdles in the commissioning of the Hansi-Butana-Link-Canal at the earliest. He said the state government would take all necessary steps to amicably defend Haryana’s other legitimate rights, including pending inter-state issues with all neighbouring states.