Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar paid a courtesy call to the Union, Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Minister Narendra Tomar in New Delhi late evening on Monday. During the meeting, Khattar apprised the Union Minister about the welfare schemes being run by the Haryana Government for the farmers. Khattar said that Haryana is an agrarian state and on the strength of its hardworking farmers, State is achieving new heights in the agriculture sector. In the last almost 9 years, the present state government has started new schemes for the welfare of the farmers and has also meticulously implemented the schemes of the central government in the state.“The state government is also making farmers aware to adopt natural farming so that minimum use of pesticides can be ensured in food grain production,” said Khattar.The Chief Minister said that apart from the cultivation of traditional crops in the agriculture sector, shifting towards horticulture crops is also equally important and acknowledging the same, the state government is making dedicated efforts to encourage the farmers to adopt horticulture crops instead of traditional crops.“For this, the state government has set a target of increasing the horticulture area to 22 lakh acres and tripling the production by the year 2030. Along with this, while moving in the direction of water conservation, a call has been given to adopt micro-irrigation instead of flood irrigation and farmers are being given subsidies for adopting micro-irrigation systems. Farmers are also supporting the government in this initiative and are now adopting micro-irrigation, which saves water and doubles production,” said the Chief Minister.