Crop diversification: Haryana government will increase the area under maize cultivation, plan is being prepared

Haryana Agriculture Minister JP Dalal has said that change in crop rotation is becoming the need of the hour for water conservation. Agricultural scientists are doing research on less water ripening crops. Understanding its benefits, farmers have to go towards greater crop diversification. In the same episode maize cultivation A plan to increase the area is being prepared. Dalal was holding a meeting with scientists of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, Indian Institute of Maize Research, Ludhiana on Tuesday.

Dr. Hardeep Kumar, Director General, Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Department and other officers were also present on the occasion. In the meeting, the Agriculture Minister was apprised that the research center is working to promote maize cultivation in Haryana. Demonstration farming plan has been prepared in 500 acres on the basis of pilot project. Work is being done in this direction to increase the trend of farmers towards maize.

Mecca Day will be celebrated

Farmers are being linked to the industry through Farmer Production Groups. In this episode, we are also celebrating “Mecca Day” in the third week of September in Ambala or Karnal. Dalal directed the Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Department to prepare a draft Maize policy. For this, also consult with the officials of Indian Maize Research Institute, Ludhiana. He said that we should go towards Kharif Mecca because there is a need for fodder for the cows in the gaushalas. Therefore, farmers, Gaushala and Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Department should work together.

Maize can also be cultivated for fodder

Maize can be cultivated for fodder on the land of Gaushalas. For this, at least 10 gaushalas should be identified. Dr. Hardeep Kumar assured the Minister that he would soon visit Punjab and visit the silos prepared by the Council. The Minister informed the scientists of Indian Maize Research Institute that the Chief Minister of Haryana is already conscious of promoting water conservation and has implemented a unique scheme named Mera Pani, Meri Virasat.

Work will be done on Mecca in these districts

In place of paddy crop, farmers who grow other alternative crops are being given incentive at the rate of Rs.7 thousand per acre. The council should also work to motivate the farmers towards maize crop in the millet-dominated districts of Nuh, Rewari, Mahendragarh, Charkhi Dadri and Bhiwani. There will be full cooperation from the government. It was informed that the council has set up several silo plants to promote maize cultivation in Punjab, from where animal feed is packed and sent to other states.

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