National Capital Region (NCR) would be developed as a hub for horticulture.
Chandigarh, April 21 –The Union Agriculture Minister, Mr Radha Mohan Singh, has said that with a view to encouraging the farmers to take up horticulture instead of traditional crops, the National Capital Region (NCR) would be developed as a hub for horticulture. The areas surrounding the NCR would play a major role in meeting the needs of the NCR through horticulture, dairying and pisciculture, he added.
Mr Singh was speaking at the inauguration of the two-day workshop ‘Horticulture Vision-2026’ organised by the Haryana Horticulture Department at PUSA Institute in New Delhi, today.
The workshop is being organised under the chairmanship of Haryana Agriculture Minister, Mr. O.P. Dhankar. At the workshop, discussion on expansion of horticulture in the next 10 years and encouragement to farmers would be held among experts from the fields of agriculture and horticulture, officers of the Horticulture Department from all districts and progressive farmers of the state. The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal, would address the participants on the concluding day.
Mr Radha Mohan Singh said that Haryana was working on the ideas of the Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi, who felt that there was need to increase the income of farmers. The NCR, including New Delhi, Gurgaon and Faridabad in Haryana and Noida in Uttar Pradesh, is a big market and the needs of the people living there could be met by Haryana.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Dhankar said that Haryana had abundant possibilities for meeting the needs of the people of the NCR. The workshop has been organised to seek ways to encourage the farmers of Haryana to take up cultivation of horticultural crops instead of the traditional wheat and paddy and discussions would be held on the market, productivity, packaging, cold chain and capital and other aspects.