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AgriNation News Network

Rohtak. 27 March 2018

The Haryana government is all set to promote peri-urban agriculture in the state as part of its efforts to move growers away from traditional farming of wheat and paddy. As a pilot project, Haryana government has proposed to promote peri-urban farming in Faridabad for which state has sought Rs 4 crore assistance under Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana.

At the three-day Agri Leadership Summit -2018 that concluded at Rohtak on Monday, a senior official of the Haryana agriculture department said, “We are focusing on promoting peri-urban farming in the state whereby fresh fruits, vegetables, milk, flowers, poultry, foodgrain, pulses and other items will be supplied to the target market of Delhi,”

“Delhi is surrounded by Gurugram, Panipat, Sonipat, Faridabad districts which fall in the NCR region and if peri-urban farming is promoted here then it will benefit almost one lakh farmers of Haryana as they will have large market for the supply of fresh vegetables, fruits, poultry items, organic products etc,” he added.

“The items so grown and processed will be sold under Haryana Fresh brand and the government will also rope in Farmers Producers’ Organisation (FPO) to promote peri urban farming,” the official told further.

The summit was attended by foreign delegates from nearly 14 countries who deliberated on “Future areas of International Cooperation and Understanding in Agriculture Business, Agri-Industry and Food Processing”.