State Government will make Haryana’s Agri-Business competitive at the international level
Chandigarh, July 24: Haryana Deputy Chief Minister, Mr. Dushyant Chautala said that the State Government will make Haryana’s Agri-Business competitive at the international level and every possible step will be taken for this. In the new ‘Haryana Enterprise Promotion Policy-2020’, special concessions and facilities will be given to industries related to food processing so that farmers can get better prices for their produce.
The Deputy Chief Minister said this during a Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Virtual Conference on Enhancing Global Competitiveness of Indian Agriculture where he was the Chief Guest. Deputy High Commissioner, British Deputy High Commission, Mr. Andrew Ayer, and Director General, Haryana Horticulture Department, Dr. Arjun Singh Saini also attended the virtual conference.
Mr. Dushyant Chautala said that the Haryana Government has also formulated ‘Haryana Agri-Business and Food Processing Policy’ so that maximum investment can be made in the agriculture sector. He said that the State Government is laying emphasis on diversification of crops so that farmers can grow high-income crops apart from traditional crops. The State Government wants to increase exports by bringing quality in horticulture, fishery and other agricultural sectors so that the state’s farmers can become financially more capable and for this Agri-Business is being promoted, he added. He said that the Haryana Government has also entered into an agreement with University of Birmingham of UK on technology, education exchange and training programmes in agriculture so that the Agri-Business of the State can be more progressive.
Describing the important role of Haryana in the agriculture sector in the country, the Deputy Chief Minister said that Haryana contributed 60 percent of the total basmati rice exported from the country. According to the fertility of the land, 393 ‘Crop-Clusters’ have been formed in the state, he added. He said that so far 452 ‘Farmer Producer Organizations’ have been registered against the target of 1000 set this year. He said that 140 primary and secondary processing centres are being set up in the state at a cost of Rs 510 crores.
He said that ‘Bhavantar Bharpai Yojana’ has been started in Haryana to give farmers a reasonable price for their vegetables and the farmers are benefiting from this. He said that in view of the production of tomato, potato, kinnow, and mosambi in the State, the possibilities of setting up their processing units are being explored.
The Deputy Chief Minister gave detailed information about the arrangements made by the Haryana Government for the procurement of crops during COVID-19. He said that universities have also been opened in the state for education and research in the field of agriculture, horticulture, animal husbandry, etc. He said that the State Government wants to bring changes in the agriculture sector. All possible additional assistance is being provided by the State Government to export more and more products of the farmers, he added.
On this occasion, Chairman Northern Region, Confederation of Indian Industry, Mr. Nikhil Sawhney, Chairman, Bharat Krishak Samaj, Mr. Ajay Vir Jakhar and other distinguished persons related to agri-business and industry also shared their views.