IEP Chandigarh, February 8
The Punjab Government led by Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann will organize the first ever ‘Pehli Sarkar-Kisan Milni’ on February 12 at Punjab Agriculture University, Ludhiana.
Disclosing this here today, Punjab Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Mr. Kuldeep Singh Dhaliwal said that the main purpose of this meeting is to promote the cultivation water-saving crops by reducing the area under wheat-paddy, and to promote other agricultural allied occupations.
Mr. Dhaliwal said that during this unique event being conducted by the Punjab government, there will be direct dialogue between the government and the farmers to make the new agricultural policy of the state. He said that during this meeting progressive farmers from all over Punjab would give their suggestions directly to the Chief Minister and discussions will be held through open dialogue between administration, departments, agricultural research institutes and farmers. He said that it would help to chalk out plans for diversifying the state’s agriculture, making it profitable besides carrying out agricultural reforms.
The Minister further said that such 5 thousand farmers/entrepreneurs have been invited for this farmer-government meeting. He said that the participation of experienced farmers with extensive knowledge of various subjects related to agriculture and allied occupations has been ensured. Apart from this, members of various agricultural clubs, associations would participate in this meeting. He said that the participation of women farmers belonging to self-help groups, cooperative societies has been also ensured.
Agriculture Minister said that 20 “Slaaah Mashwara Booths” for suggestions regarding production of vegetables, fruits, sugarcane, coarse grains, medicinal plants and aromatic plants, poultry farming, fish farming, goat farming, fodder and fodder, dairy, agricultural machinery, coastal areas, forestry, mushrooms and Beekeeping, Food Processing and Value Addition and Start Up, Organic Farming, Pulses and Oilseeds, Wheat, Paddy and Maize and Basmati etc. will be set up at the meeting venue. He said that subject experts will be present at these 20 different booths, who will give suggestions to the farmers besides addressing their queries.
Mr. Dhaliwal said that 11 different departments including Agriculture, Horticulture, Animal Husbandry, Dairy Development, Fisheries, Mandi Board, Poultry, Soil and Water Conservation, Punjab Agro Industries, Millfed and Markfed will organize exhibitions on this occasion. He said that these exhibitions will be full of information to guide the farmers.
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