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Haryana government Tuesday said that it has decided to open an agro business school to skill farmers and help them understand market trends with the changing scenario as well as sell their produce directly to consumers.
Haryana Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Minister Om Prakash Dhankar made the announcement while speaking as chief guest at ‘Kisan Sangoshthi’ organised on the concluding day of 12th CII Agrotech-2016, here. He said that keeping in view the demands of the market, farmers should adopt the crop cycle and crop management practices.
He said that an international fruits and vegetable terminus in Ganaur was being set up according to the geographical location of the state and emphasis would be laid on better packaging, minimum loss management and transportation management.
A Special Purpose Vehicle was being set up for this, he added.
He said owners of various big companies are selling their produce by setting up stalls in the Agro-tech, therefore, farmers should also change their thinking and start selling their produce themselves in the market.
The Minister said that in order to divert the attention of farmers towards horticulture and other cash crops, a proposal has been prepared to implement the idea of peri-agriculture in National Capital Region (NCR) so that the demand of milk, dairy products, fruits, vegetables of the area could be met.
Farmers were being provided gypsum and other nutrients on subsidised rates under ‘Bhoomi Sudhar Karyakram’ so that fertility of the land could be preserved.
A new technique of agriculture was being developed so that per acre income of a farmer could be minimum Rs one lakh, he added.
The Minister said that after a long time, the Central Government has given approval for opening Horticulture University in the country.
A Horticulture University is being set up in Karnal and it would have three regional research centres. As many as 140 villages have been declared as organic villages so that farmers could form groups and sell their products to consumers in the like brands.
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