To encourage Haryana farmers to adopt crop diversification, the central government has approved Rs 98.50 crore under 'Crop Diversification in Original Green Revolution States' scheme during the current financial year.
An agriculture department spokesperson said of the total 98.50 crore, a sum of Rs 66.52 crore would be spent on popularising the cultivation of guar, maize, basmati (short duration hybrid DSR), plantation of popular and intercropping in agro-forestry.
A sum of Rs 10 crore would be spent on farm mechanisation and value addition component, he said, adding Rs 20 crore would be spent on site specific activities to popularise drip irrigation, rotavator, laser land leveler, seed drill, zero till drill and seed drill-cum-planter.
He said several awareness activities would also be organised under the scheme which included state level kisan melas, training programmes at the district level, block and village and exposure visits. A sum of about Rs 2 crore would be spent on these awareness activities.