Haryana government has sought technical expertise and resources from the World Bank for development of peri-urban agriculture and climate smart agriculture in the state.
The issue was discussed in a meeting of the Haryana Agriculture Minister O P Dhankar, who is touring US, with the officials of the World Bank. As per the proposal of Haryana government, in order to break the wheat-paddy cycle, the government would promote growing of horticulture crops especially in the National Capital region.
The aim is to supply items of daily needs to residents of the NCR. The proposal was mooted after Dhankar toured China and saw a similar pattern being followed in Beijing.
At present, 4.9 lakh hectares of total cultivable land in Haryana is covered under horticulture crops. It is proposed to double this in the next 10 years. It is expected that the demand for milk and milk products, fruits, vegetables, poultry products and flowers in the BCR could be met through peri-urban agriculture.
During the meeting held on Sunday, Dhankar sought technical expertise for the project. He also informed the officials that the Haryana government has paid farmers Rs 2200 as compensation after damage to their crops.