Dhumal conferred with State Agriculture Leadership Award 2012
SHIMLA/ Sept 20
Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal was conferred upon Agriculture Leadership Award-2012 for major policy initiatives and launching innovative programmes in agriculture, horticulture and Animal Husbandry sector in the state under his leadership.
The Union Minister of State for Agriculture, Harish Rawat presented the award to him at New Delhi in a function organised by the “Agriculture Today” in collaboration with Government of India, Ministry of Rural Development, Earth Sciences and Food Processing.
The decision to confer Award to Dhumal was taken in the Organising Committee of Agriculture Leadership Awards-2012 which met at New Delhi under the chairmanship of Prof. M.S. Swami Nathan, Father of India’s Green Revolution.
The Award has been conferred to the Chief Minister taking into consideration the strong performance on policy initiatives leading to better management of farm resources, crop diversification under Horticulture Technology Mission (HTM), revival of apple economy through policy interventions, marketing support programmes for F&V, promotion of organic agriculture and others.
Addressing the gathering of Agriculture Scientists and Technologists on the occasion, Dhumal stressed the need of extending their research from laboratories to the field.
He called upon them to innovate environment-friendly technologies that would increase Agriculture Production without disturbing the environment. He said that the state government had taken various initiatives to achieve inclusive growth in agriculture sector during last four and half years which included Rs. 353 crore ‘Pandit Deen Dayal Kisan Baagwan Samridhi Yojna’ under which 12500 poly houses covering an area of 11 lakh square meter, have been constructed and 12500 hectare area was brought under micro irrigation.
He said that 80 percent subsidy was being given to farmers for raising poly-houses as a result of which the farm income had increased manifold and on-farm employment was provided to 50,000 persons. He said that the State had achieved record vegetable production of 13.50 lakh tonnes worth Rs. 2250 crore, a significant contribution to the GDP. The Government has also approved second phase of this scheme for Rs. 190 crores.
Dhumal said that there was a strong need of diversifying Agriculture and Animal Husbandry Schemes in a big way in order to provide self-employment to rural youth at their own villages and thus reduce migration of rural population to urban areas for earning their livelihood.
Chief Minister strongly opposed the F.D.I. (Foreign Direct Investment) in retail policy of Central Government as this will give rise to problems in domestic market and badly affect the small businessmen.