State Government would consider conducting an education tour of progressive farmers to developed countries to learn latest farming techniques to increase their crop yield and adopt water efficient irrigation techniques.
This was stated by Prof. Prem Kumar Dhumal, Chief Minister, while addressing State-level Kisaan Samman Samaroh at Nalti in district Hamirpur for their outstanding contribution in the farm sector today, after he laid foundation-stone of Office and Training Centre Building of Hamirpur District Cooperative Union at Hamirpur, estimated at a cost of Rs. 30 lakh, Ayurvedic Health Centre at Khaggal, estimated to cost Rs.10 lakh, Improvement of LIS Neri-Kamlah estimated to cost Rs. 63.50 lakhs which will irrigate 41 hectares of farm land and dedicated Ambedkar Bhawan at Khaggal, constructed at a cost of Rs. 16.50 lakh besides performing Bhoomi Poojan of Matahani-Shastar road to cost Rs. 1.28 crore.
Prof. Dhumal said that State had waived off Tacavi and Land Conservation Loan of 43,485 farmers who had borrowed the same decades ago. He said that State Government had decided to provide 50 percent subsidy over seed and fodder to compensate the loss caused to crops due to less rains. He said that Rs. 425 crore Shah Nehar and Rs. 200 crore Siddhatha Medium Irrigation Schemes were nearing completion and would soon be dedicated to the farmers. He said that about Rs. 900 crore had been spent over channelizatiion of Swan River in district Una which had benefited thousands of farmers through reclaimation of their farmland. He said that Rs. 8 crore were spent on construction of check dams in district Hamirpur during 1998-2003 term of BJP which had raised the ground water level by about two meters and farmers adopted for vegetable cultivation yielding them an income of over Rs. 200 crore.
Chief Minister said that State had facilitated growers of upper and lower areas uniformally by providing them equal support price. He said that progressive farmers had successfully experimented cultivation of fruits cultivated in different ecological conditions as apple growers of Kotgarh had successfully grown Mango and farmers of Ghumarwin had cultivated apple crop. He underlined the need for providing farmers expert advice for cultivation of particular type of crop to yield high benefits. He said that six lakh farmers had been provided with soil testing certificates and farming experts needed to guide them for specific kind of crop cultivation. He said that State had launched crop insurance scheme and even poly houses had also been brought under the insurance cover.