The Central government has initiated the process to interlink rivers in the country as conceived by to make irrigation facilities available for unirrigated areas.
Union Minister of Home Affairs, Rajnath Singh on Saturday said that the Centre has already initiated steps under the leadership to implement the ambitious project of former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee. While inaugurating the 3-day 2nd Agri-Leadership Summit-2017 at Surajkund in Faridabad district, he said that a Rs 20,000 Crore fund has been created under NABARD to improve irrigation facilities as the Central government has set a target to bring more than 76 lakh hectares of land under irrigation by the year 2019.
The Central government is also taking steps to reduce the cost of inputs of cultivation so as to make farming a profitable occupation, he added.
The Union minister also urged the farmers to ensure their role in branding, processing and marketing of their produce so as to become agri-leaders in real sense.
While lauding the efforts of Haryana government in agriculture and allied sectors, he said that 340 villages of Haryana were being developed as horticulture villages and a Horticulture university was being established in the state.
"This reflects state government’s commitment towards achieving the Prime Minister's vision to double the income of farmers by the year 2022," he said.
Referring to the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojna, he said that this scheme has been launched to provide insurance cover to crops of the farmers.
The Central government had made a provision of Rs 8,000 Crore for the promotion of dairy, poultry, fisheries and allied sectors in the year 2017-18. Out of it, Rs 2,000 Crore have been earmarked for the promotion of dairy sector. Though, India is number one in milk production, yet there is a lot of scope to increase the production of milk and other dairy products by using new techniques, he added.
Haryana Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Minister, O P Dhankar said that the state is promoting peri-urban agriculture in the areas adjoining national capital Delhi and other important cities.
He also urged the farmers, especially the cattle breeders to rear one more buffalo so that Haryana could become number one in milk production in the country.
A number of seminars would be organised during the 3-day summit. Also, the farmers would be apprised about risk management.