THE PUNJAB government will set up Kisan Vikas Chamber, first of its kind in the state, in the city. Two acres of land has been allotted for the chamber and the state government has sanctioned Rs 20 crore for its construction.
To be established on the lines of the Commerce and Industries Chamber, the kisan chamber will offer farmers the latest updates on farming techniques.
Sources in the district administration say that Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal will lay foundation stone of the chamber on April 30. The chamber will address problems of the farmers and facilitate their meeting with experts who will update them about the latest farming techniques.
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The building of the chamber, sources say, will have an auditorium for conducting seminars by experts. It will also have small committee rooms for discussions by small groups of experts and farmers from all the allied sectors like poultry, piggery, dairy and beekeeping. Apart from this, the building will have a library, a canteen and rooms for routine office work.
Kulwant Singh, who was instrumental in getting the ambitious project approved, says that they have been making efforts to set up the chamber for long and now finally the state government has allotted the land and grant which will make their dream a reality.
A progressive farmer from Hoshiarpur district, Kulwant Singh says that they have been working for long in the areas where the farmers have been committing suicide. They felt the need for setting up a chamber where the farmers could be sensitised to crop diversification and modern techniques in farming.
He says that the Kisan Vikas Chamber will work on the lines of chambers meant for industry where experts will be invited for lectures on issues concerning farming.
The chairman of the Punjab Farmer’s Commission, Dr G S Kalkat, has been appointed as patron of the chamber. “We are going to set up the chamber. It will be beneficial for the farmers of the state,” says Dr Kalkat.