To increase farmers income and agriculture councils the Karnal District Agriculture Council will help in achieving the target, but farmers need to adopt latest techniques to increase their income,” the CM said, while attending a seminar on Haryana Progressive Farmers Convention organized by the Indian Council of Food and Agriculture. Stating that better and improved coordination between agriculture experts, farmers and the government was the way forward in increasing income of farmers and cut costs, Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar launched the Karnal District Agriculture Council.
He further added that a State Agriculture Council will also be formed after the district councils are formed. Under the concept, agriculture experts and progressive farmers will work together to increase the income of farmers and cut the input cost. For the Karnal Agriculture Council, Dr Gurbachan Singh, former Chairman of Agriculture Recruitment Board of the Union Government, has been made its Chairman. The State Government will now work to find and include progressive farmers in the council.
The CM also put the blame for the agriculture crisis in the state on previous governments, claiming that their neglect of the sector had led farmers to overuse pesticides and Punjab and Haryana were thus battling with increased incidence of cancer.
Haryana Agriculture Minister OP Dhankar claimed that the state worked for welfare of farmers. He, however, skipped a question on the arrest of farmers in Yamunanagar saying, “Everybody has a right to protest, but any stir should not create problems for others.”