SRINAGAR: Haryana will train the farmers from Jammu and Kashmir in the use of latest techniques in agriculture, horticulture and their allied sectors.
An official handout issued here said the government of the northern state has agreed to extend “full assistance” to Jammu and Kashmir in training the local farmers in the use of latest techniques.
The assurance was given to Vice Chairman of J&K State Advisory Board for Development of Kissans, Daljit Singh Chib, by Haryana’s Minister for Agriculture Om Parkash Dhankat during the former’s five-day study tour to Haryana and New Delhi, it said.
Chib, it said, discussed with the minister and officials various issues related to the growth of agriculture and horticulture in J&K and Haryana.
Since horticulture is a flourishing sector in Haryana, he requested Dhankat to provide the latest technical knowhow to the J&K’s farmers, the handout said.
“The officers of agriculture, horticulture and Haryana Marketing Board, who were present in the meeting, assured to train the farmers as and when deputed for orientation courses and trainings to Haryana,” it said.
“The Minister also agreed to send their experts to the state to make the farmers aware about innovative and modern techniques in agriculture sector…”
Haryana government, as per the handout, has also agreed to provide 10 hectares area in Ghanoor in Sonipat for unloading of fruit-laden trucks coming from J&K.
“Responding to the demand raised by Chib, the Chief Executive Officer of Haryana Marketing Board, Anil Malik, assured that the land will be provided to the state as and when the required infrastructure is laid there in complete form,” it said.
J&K has been assured that the new site would be “an ideal and modern” facilitation centre for the fruits coming from the state, it said.
It said the Vice Chairman also visited the Centre of Excellence for Fruits—an Indo-Israel Project at Dabwali-Kalanwali Road, Mangiana, in district Sirsa.
He, it added, was told that “the project on fruits for intensive crop horticulture and demonstration site in Haryana was conceptualised within the framework of National Horticulture Mission (NHM) of Indo-Israel work plan”.
The project, Chiba was told, is a result of joint exercise of Haryana government and MASHAV & CINADCO with the help of professional and technical experts from India and Israel.
He was told that the project should begin a new era in the field of horticulture in India with new technological intervention to be implemented in Mission Mode in the area.