Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar on Sunday underlined the critical role of farmers in the country’s economy. Addressing the gathering as chief guest during the inauguration of the three-day Agricultural Development Fair-2023 at Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University in Hisar, Dhankhar emphasized that his actions would determine whether India would be able to celebrate its centenary of independence in 2047 and become the world’s leading nation.
He urged farmers to get better prices for their agricultural products through trade. The Vice President highlighted the importance of improving the value of agricultural products through trade, encouraging farmers to sell their products directly in the market.
He encouraged farmers to take advantage of government schemes and increase their income.
He also urged them to embrace technological advancements and innovations in agriculture, take advantage of government discounts on farm equipment and benefit from subsidies on new tractors to boost production.
Acknowledging the achievements of Indian athletes in the Asian Games, the Vice President praised Haryana’s contribution and stated that Haryana athletes had bagged one-third of the medals. He highlighted the unique quality of Haryana dairy products and emphasized that Haryana milk, ghee and curd are unmatched.
Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister JP Dalal said that with the advanced technologies provided by Chaudhary Charan Singh University, farmers of Haryana are excelling not only in crop production but also in other endeavours.
“Farmers are making significant progress in animal husbandry, fish farming, vegetable and mushroom cultivation, and are increasing their income through successful beekeeping initiatives. Additionally, they have successfully reclaimed 27,000 acres of salt-affected land in the state. To prioritize water conservation and boost agricultural production, the budget was increased and the state government provided 85% subsidy to promote drip and sprinkler irrigation among farmers,” he added.
He also revealed that an allocation of $830 crore has been earmarked for farmers under Bhavantar Bharpayi Yojana.
“The animal husbandry department is actively improving facilities for farmers, contributing to Haryana’s second position in milk production in the country,” Dalal added.