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Punjab govt to provide 50% subsidy to agro processing units

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Thursday announced that the government will provide 50 per cent subsidy to the agro processing units to be set up in the state.

Written by Anju Agnihotri Chaba | Hoshiarpur | Published: July 27, 2012 3:13 am

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Thursday announced that the government will provide 50 per cent subsidy to the agro processing units to be set up in the state.

“The state government is well aware of the fact that due to the exorbitant hike in the prices of the agricultural inputs,farmers of the state are in financial distress… So,the need of the hour is to enhance the income of farmers by promoting agro processing industry,” he said while speaking to mediapersons after visiting Sada Shiv Model — a women self-help group (SHG),which is engaged in agro food processing here.

Appreciating the work of Sada Shiv Model,Badal said this 13-member SHG — engaged in processing of fruits,vegetables and herbs — was setting a trend in the state by producing pickles,squashes,juices,chutneys,trifla and aam chur among others. Badal also handed over a cheque of Rs 77 lakh to the SHG.

Terming it as a “Red Letter Day”,the chief minister said that the SHG — run mostly by women — will be a source of inspiration for the many other smaller groups working across the state. “The need of the hour is to ensure all sort of help to such self-help groups,which will not only provide sustainability to the economy but also generate new employment opportunities for the people,” he added.

While claiming that experts of herbs,forestry and other agricultural produces from across the country have been invited to conduct a survey for the production and proper marketing of goods,Badal said: “After getting the report of this survey,the state government will prepare the blueprint for setting up the agro-based industry in the region.”

Saying that Punjab in general and the Kandi area in the state in particular has a rich bounty of natural resources that needs to be tapped,Badal added: “If farmers make the optimum utilisation of products like mango,amla and others herbs then the area could be developed as a ‘herbal hub’ of the country.”

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